5 tips for conducting an interview with someone you care about, using StoryCorps’ new app

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Anybody with a smartphone can now be a part of the StoryCorps movement. As TED Prize Winner Dave Isay reveals in today’s talk, you no longer have to travel to a StoryCorps mobile booth to capture an interview with a friend, family member or stranger because StoryCorps has created an app, available free to the public. Now, if you can find a quiet place and 45 minutes, you can interview someone whose story has never been heard and immediately upload the discussion to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

When Isay announced his wish at TED2015 last week, the TED community responded enthusiastically, noting that the app could be used to change the narrative of post-conflict zones, honor an entire generation’s stories on a national holiday like Veterans Day, and so much more. The app itself is easy to use, with step-by-step guidance on how to pick…

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    Why is Altaf Hussain not tried in UK?

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    When Quaid-e-Tatheer Pir Altaf Hussain Bhai made threatening speeches covered here, quite a lot of people wanted to know if he could be tried under UK law. Someone sent me the following laws under which he could be tried in UK for his hate and murder inciting speeches.

    Section 18(1) Public Order Act, 1986 – using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to stir up racial hatred.

    Section 23 Public Order Act, 1986 – threatening, abusive or insulting recordings of sound, with intent to stir up racial hatred.

    Section 59 The Terrorism Act, 2000 – Inciting Terrorism Overseas.

    Section 1 The Terrorism Act, 2006 – Encouragement of Terrorism.

    Section 4 Offences Against the Person Act, 1860 – whosoever shall solicit, encourage, persuade, or endeavour to persuade, or shall propose to any person, to murder any other person, whether he be a subject of Her Majesty or not, and whether he be within the Queen’s dominions or not, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and being convicted thereof shall be liable imprisonment for life.

    So I asked my friend who is a solicitor in UK whether its just a viral email or are there really such laws in UK under which QeT Altaf Bhai can be tried. He had this to say

    Section 18, 19, 21 and 22 can apply, although it is (weakly) arguable that his comments did not have a raci

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    element to them and were directed to political opponents. Section 23 actually relates to possessing racially inflammatory material and is probably not relevant here (unless he possesses records of his speech). The problem is that Altaf did qualify his statements immediately after he made them and said that he was not threatening anyone and so it is necessary to look at the overall speech in context, rather than just selecting a few choice threatening statements. I haven’t heard it because I have a life.

    The problem is that Altaf Hussain has been groomed by western governments due to the ridiculous amount of leverage he has over Karachi. Through him the British can shut off our only real port and that is an incredible advantage for one nation to have over another nation. They would be mad to give it up.

    So unless Altaf Hussain really fucks something up against British interest, it is safe to assume that he will remain unharmed in UK.


    The recent article published in Guardian also makes the same claim that British give Altaf Hussain protection because he is of help to them:

    Altaf Hussain, the notorious MQM leader who swapped Pakistan for London

    British interest in the MQM is largely driven by the perception that the party offers a defence against jihadis. But there is more to it than that. The MQM is British turf: Karachi is one of the few places left on earth in which the Americans let Britain take the lead. The US consulate in Karachi no longer runs active intelligence gathering operations in the city. The British still do.When it comes to claiming a place at the top table of international security politics – London’s relationship with the MQM is a remaining toehold.

    And there’s something else. The FCO’s most important currency is influence. Successive Pakistani governments, when they are not demanding Hussain’s extradition, have included his parliamentary bloc in various coalition governments. From the FCO’s point of view, it’s a great source of access. Right on their doorstep, in London, they have a man with ministers in the Pakistani government.

    For its part the UK government insists there is nothing unusual about its contacts with MQM and that its meetings with MQM officials are: “a normal part of diplomatic activity around the world”. I spoke to a British official recently about the MQM and asked why the UK government, so keen to declare its commitment to human rights, seemed so willing to deal with the party despite officials privately saying that it uses violence to achieve its goals. She said: “There is one thing I can assure you of – it’s not a conspiracy.” Which in a sense is true. It’s not a conspiracy. It’s just policy.

    Musings on Pakistani social media – Twitter edition

    Caveats: I want to highlight four facts before you read this unstructured rant.

    1. My political views are what are termed as “political islamist” or just “islamist”. So my observations and inferences that I have derived from them may be colored by those views.

    2. The period I am covering here is from pre-May 2013 election till now.

    3. I follow around 250 people on twitter and in addition say they Retweet (RT) 50 other people regularly so in effect my observations are based on tweets of total of 300 people

    and most importantly, as brought to attention by one commentator,

    4. I am generalizing here i.e., brushing with broad strokes. Its just a high level view of my observations.

    Pre-election period

    PTI by appealing to educated and plugged-into-social-media youth had really taken off and had become a formidable foe by engaging the disengaged youth. Other parties also took to twitter and facebook but one has to admit that PTI had the strongest presence on social media before the election. How they abused this position and how it ultimately fooled them into believing that being a majority on social media means being a majority in the parliament is covered by others extensively so I will not dwell on that.

    All parties in Pakistan have an element of cult in them. Most people follow these parties not for the values or manifestos they have presented but because of their leaders. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has always been a cult of Bhutto on a national level, but under Zardari it has become a Sind regional party.

    Supporters of PML-N mainly follow it for the Mian Nawaz Sharif and Mian Shahbaz Sharif but its more of a personality following rather than a cult. The only party that is not a cult is probably Jamat-e-Islami but its too small a party. We also have Awami National Party (ANP) leadership of which remains in the ahl-e-bait of its founder Baacha Khan. But in relative terms, these parties are open to or at least tolerant of criticism of their actions as well their leaders.

    On the other extreme, we have Muttahida Quomi Movement (MQM) a party of urban Sind headed by self-exiled leader Altaf Hussain. The cult eader status bestowed to him is extra-ordinary. They are highly intolerant of criticism and no newspaper which has offices or circulation in Karachi will dare to criticize them.

    However, they failed to understand the impact of social media mainly twitter. MQM didn’t appreciate the fact that twitter allows people to express their frustrations and criticisms anonymously something which the general public couldn’t do on print and electronic media without fear of reprisal from MQM. So in of absence any criticism in public sphere, MQM fooled themselves into believing that people of Karachi will vote for them out of fear or will remain at home. However, quite a large number of people in Karachi were fed up with MQM and wanted to vote PTI (as no other party reached out to them or even talked to them) but when the voters reached polling stations, in some cases they weren’t allowed to vote, their vote had already been cast, or in some places MQM workers were filling ballot boxes with fake votes and at some places they strong armed the polling station staff to not reach the polling station on the allocated time_a fact which came to light in voting of national assembly seat from Karachi NA-250. MQM presumed that like earlier times people will take this silently. Surprisingly, people refused to be cowed down and in certain cases took to streets (which would never have happened earlier).

    For MQM this was a first i.e., ordinary people protesting against them openly. They were at a loss as to how to counter this onslaught and it led to a few faux pas speeches by their leader Quaid-e-Tatheer Pir Altaf Hussain Bhai. (I have covered these  here “MQM’s reign of terror post elections 2013″ and “Why and How MQM Rabita Committee was beaten”). On the social media front, MQM was totally ill prepared for the criticism and abuses that started against them. People who would normally be discrete in their criticism of MQM even privately as they live and work in areas surrounded by MQM supporters took to criticizing MQM openly on Facebook where you are not anonymous. On twitter, frustrated Karachiites tagged MQM representative and became abusive towards them, towards MQM but most importantly towards Quaid-e-Tatheer Pir Altaf Hussain Bhai. MQM was not at all prepared for this barrage of criticism. This post “Social Media Strategy of MQM” makes it pretty clear how MQM deals with criticism generally and how trying the same tactics on social media actually backfired. Later they created a lot of fake accounts to tweet favorable news and occasionally create and tweet a lot of hashtags to get MQM related topics to trend such as #united4Altaf #onlyAltaf yesterday but its safe to say that MQM is still not able find its bearings on twitter. (For some twitter humor -> “Altaf Hussain and Titanic”)

    The party that made the most use of social media pre-election was PTI led by former cricketer and philanthropist Imran Khan. The cult leader status that the supporters bestowed to Imran Khan was comparable to cult status of Quaid-e-Tatheer Pir Altaf Hussain Bhai amongst MQM supporters. PTI supporters would not tolerate any criticism of PTI much less Imran Khan and would stoop down to hurtling abuses to anyone daring to criticize or even trying to give suggestions to change their policies/manifestos etc. They earned the name “PTI trolls” as they would come down together on any journalist or analyst on twitter. They also created fake accounts of journalists/analysts and tweeted positive propaganda with respect to PTI and with respect to opponents, they spread malicious propaganda. This is what a fake account of, Jang/TheNews journalist and anchor of GEO TV program Jirga, Saleem Safi tweeted most probably operated by a PTI troll on election day. Tweets have since been deleted but I took a screenshot of them.

    Caveats: I want to highlight four facts before you read this unstructured rant.

    1. My political views are what are termed as “political islamist” or just “islamist”. So my observations and inferences that I have derived from them may be colored by those views.

    2. The period I am covering here is from pre-May 2013 election till now.

    3. I follow around 250 people on twitter and in addition say they Retweet (RT) 50 other people regularly so in effect my observations are based on tweets of total of 300 people

    and most importantly, as brought to attention by one commentator,

    4. I am generalizing here i.e., brushing with broad strokes. Its just a high level view of my observations.

    The party that made the most use of social media pre-election was PTI led by former cricketer and philanthropist Imran Khan. The cult leader status that the supporters bestowed to Imran Khan was comparable to cult status of Quaid-e-Tatheer Pir Altaf Hussain Bhai amongst MQM supporters. PTI supporters would not tolerate any criticism of PTI much less Imran Khan and would stoop down to hurtling abuses to anyone daring to criticize or even trying to give suggestions to change their policies/manifestos etc. They earned the name “PTI trolls” as they would come down together on any journalist or analyst on twitter. They also created fake accounts of journalists/analysts and tweeted positive propaganda with respect to PTI and with respect to opponents, they spread malicious propaganda. This is what a fake account of, Jang/TheNews journalist and anchor of GEO TV program Jirga, Saleem Safi tweeted most probably operated by a PTI troll on election day. Tweets have since been deleted but I took a screenshot of them.

    • Pakistan: The Raheel Sharif Review By Dr Shahid Qureshi

      Created on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 06:08 | Pakistan The Raheel Sharif Review By Dr Shahid Qureshi

      Pakistan is going through its critical phase. The way Pakistan is being administered made it challenging for all the institutions which are stretched to the limits. The civilian institutions like police, judiciary and district administration who have failed to protect the life and limb of its people. Following is a brief of major challenges Pakistan facing both nationally and internationally:

      1. Complicit and Complacent leadership
      2. Leaders and Dealers of Pakistan
      3. Pakistan Police: Private mercenary force of politicians
      4. Judicial protection to criminal mafias – security threat
      5. Rule and role of anti-Pakistani elements in disguise of politicians
      6. Dealings with International media
      7. Indian shrewdness and Pakistani complacency
      8. Policy of Sandwiching Pakistan by India
      9. Reforming and restructuring the national institutions
      10. Assets abroad and national security of Pakistan
      11. Pakistan narrative on India needs reviewing
      12. Legitimate Demands of People
      13. Pakistan: War in Afghanistan -US Relations
      14. US Plan in Afghanistan and Defence Contractors
      15. Pakistan is hosting highest number of refugees – why?
      16. Afghan War costing $7 Billion per month to US tax payers
      17. US harmed Pakistan’s sovereignty and integrity
      18. US rule by Pakistani Agents
      19. Recruitment of US Agents in Pakistan
      20. US Policy of displacement and creating refugees
      21. NATO and US ignore Indian Army’s Genocide in Kashmir
      22. Indian false flag terrorism to Keep Pakistan under Pressure (why US have not claimed compensation from Israel for the USS Liberty killings)
      23. Drone Attacks: Pakistan should go to International Criminal Court
      24. How US backed Regimes undermining Pakistan?
      25. Friendly advice to the US and NATO in Afghanistan
      26. US Defence contractors prolonging War in Afghanistan
      27. What could happen if Pakistan is destabilized or attacked?
      28. US and Pakistan’s Tribal Areas (FATA)
      29. Indian Game in Afghanistan
      30. Conspiracy to constitutionally Break Pakistan
      31. US policy of Disposables Diplomacy

      (1) Complicit and Complacent leadership

      Sheer incompetence and corruption of Pakistani politicians keep toppling democracy all the times. “Had former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilliani invested in policing his son wouldn’t have been kidnapped from his own home town Multan and taken to some unknown location in Pakistan-Afghanistan border, I said in a BBC News program. Pakistani politicians use police force as a tool to suppress opponents and get away with murders. Had Benazir Bhutto allowed investigation of the C-130 plane crash of late President and Army Chief General Zia ul Haq and other senior officers she might be alive today. But she sent a message to Pakistan Air Force Investigator Group Captain Zaheer Zaidi who already had the information and evidence of sabotage via her minister Col. Ghulam Sarwar Cheema. On 18th March 1989, (in the month of Ramadan), there was an Ifftiar party at the Intelligence School, Guldana Camp, in the Hill Resort of Ghora Gali. The Chief Guest at the party was Colonel ® Ghulam Sarwar Cheema, Minister of Defence (Benazir Bhutto Government). Group Captain Zaheer Zaidi , being the Commander of the near by PAF Base, Lower Topa was also invited to the party finding an opportunity Zaidi mentioned the subject of the inquiry into the C-130crash to the Minister. Cheema told him to be quiet and he would come to talk to him at base and talk on the subject. He came to stay at the PAF base VIP guesthouse from 5- 8 May 1989. During his stay one day he summoned Group Captain Zaheer Zaidi and said: “Mr, I have brought a message of BB (Benazir Bhutto) to you: it is (a) It was an act of God (b) Let the dead sleep peacefully in their graves, (c) Whoever wants to ask anything in this matter should telephone God (d) You will not say anything on this subject; in future keep your mouth shut”. This was clear threat to the Air Investigator Zaidi?

      Had Benazir Bhutto Prime Minister of Pakistan conducted investigation in the C-130 plane crash of Pakistan Army Chief and President Zia ul Haq she might be alive today and her murderers would have been brought to justice?

      Without going much into details as it might rattle some cages and rock few boats I am coming to the current position of the state of governance and democracy in Pakistan. The fact of the matter is that current democracy and most of the mandate claimed is a fraud with the nation.

      Apart from all that and moving swiftly Armed Forces of Pakistan supported the democracy and even than Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani not only visited Nawaz Sharif but also offered full support which has proven to be waste of time and energy as his and gang’s ‘fixation with one sided love with India’ is not getting the light? He seems to be surrounded by people with no vision and strategic thinking. Some are just copying plans from other countries and pretending to be genius.

      (2) Leaders and Dealers of Pakistan

      Former PM Shaukat Aziz told me in the PM house in 2006: ‘This place (PM House) was filled with commission agents and dealers’. That has been the case all the time?

      When I said to President General Musharraf in the Parliament House in London that: “your NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) has proven to be the blackest chapter in the legal and constitutional history. President Musharraf said: That is true but what I could do things were not moving forward cases were pending in the courts for years.

      That is the fundamental problem with courts at all levels. Politicians and mafias got judges in their syndicates. Especially granting ‘stay orders’ without time line to the powerful and not even questioning when you going to come back to the court?

      (3) Pakistan Police: Private mercenary force of politicians

      Pakistan police has become a private army – a mercenary force for the politicians by using this they are getting away with murders and twisting arms of poor and opponents. The tragic incident of ‘Model Town’ is prime example of criminality mind set within the police system. This police have become a security threat to Pakistan and is more dangerous than Taliban. According to a study one of the reasons of increase in military death in Pakistan is due corruption, incompetence and politicisation of police. The local intelligence system is collapsed due to corruption in police. The role of SHO is crucial but now who ever buy this office can do what ever they like from murder to drugs to terrorism. All the ‘suicide bombers’ and terrorists launched in the towns and cities of Pakistan need logistical support and base. Police is the main institution, which deals with the street level intelligence and pulse of the people. The terrorist attacks on Karachi Airport, Mehran Base and even GHQ was not due to the competence of the terrorists but in actual fact it was failure of policing and holes in the system, which terrorists used.

      (4) Judicial protection to criminal mafias – security threat

      In Past 12 years very few terrorists have been brought to justice and/or hanged. It is true that police failed to provide evidence but judiciary itself failed to modernised itself according to needs of the day. The law of evidence and swiftness in the judicial process is still old and obsolete. Courts at all levels are mainly dealing with cases related to land and property disputes. The whole court system is criminal friendly than providing justice to the victim. Might is right is the order of the day. When a judge and police officer become corrupt – it destroys the foundations of the state – no army or nukes and missiles can save the state – It is a well known fact that when enemy operatives and terrorist make their base, first thing they do is make a contact with local criminal mafia, which provides them all the necessary means from arms, logistics and human resources. Sadly all the land and other Mafias in Pakistan cannot function without local political protection starting from the bottom up and top down according to the size and influence.

      (5) Rule and role of anti-Pakistani elements in disguise of politicians

      From 2008 to 2013 PPP leader President Asif Zardari ruled Pakistan for five years with the support of Indophile political parties – ANP and MQM. The constituency of the Benazir’s PPP would not have done that. During her father’s popular rule from 1972 to 1977, ANP was allowed to rule two important provinces – NWFP and Baluchistan. Nawaz Sharif’s love for India is not hidden. No body want problem with India but size of the border fence depends of the behaviour of neighbour. It is not realistic to de-militarise and demonise the institutions of Pakistan.

      This was the first time that ANP became a ruling party; until then it was considered pro-India unworthy of being trusted with state power. But the provincial governments defied the centre and were dismissed. That started a civil war of sorts in which India and the USA took the side of rebels thus confirming suspicions that the ANP continued to have links with its erstwhile Indian friends. The rebellion was crushed with a combination of force and politics. The rebels came into the political fold and the past as forgotten. That was until the invasion of Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. The American CIA restated the rebellion in Baluchistan as a part of its plan against Afg-Pak.

      The MQM came into being during the rule of General Zia as a political instrument to be used against the PPP led by Benazir Bhutto. It was given a free hand to gerrymander the city of Karachi which it has used to control the city of Karachi and Hyderabad ever since. It was not content with that; it built contacts with the CIA, RAW and MI5. Realising its power and its international contacts Benazir entered into a coalition with MQM after it won the elections in 1989. On the instructions of its handlers it withdrew from the coalition bringing down the Benazir Government. Mian Nawaz Sharif who became the Prime Minister next also entered into a coalition with the MQM and was blackmailed and eventually betrayed. In the second Benazir Administration, the MQM was faced with the full force of law and its leaders – Altaf Hussain –fled to the UK from where he still controls this outlaw organisation.

      In 1999, a coup d’état brought an MQM supporting General Musharraf to power. His Finance/Prime Minister– Shaukat Aziz – was also a Mohajir. The MQM ruled the country for nine years from 1999 to 2008. With the return of Benazir from exile in 2007, it was hoped that the MQM control over the reins of power would end. But she was assassinated in 2007 and her widower, Asif Zardari, who became the PPP Chairman and President of the country, cared less for his constituency and was more afraid of the MQM, resulting in the MQM dominating policy for another five years. Now the electorate has punished the PPP for ignoring the aspirations of its constituency and following the diktat of his foreign patrons and the blackmailers of Karachi. But this leaves a hard legacy for Mian Nawaz Sharif who has a different constituency to satisfy which is alert and is much more suspicious of India.

      The elections of 2013 have produced very decisive results. Two of the three ruling parties – PPP and ANP – have been almost eliminated from three provinces of Pakistan. But the PPP and the MQM continue to hold sway in interior Sindh and the city of Karachi respectively. The MQM had to resort to massive rigging and manipulation and yet win fewer seats. It has come to light that it is not the love of Altaf Hussain but the fear the MQM that has been delivering victory to that party. That fear is dissipating thanks to the rise of Imran Khan’s TIP. Including the MQM in the ruling coalition in Sindh or the federal government is no longer a political necessity. If the new Prime Minister stuck to his wish of avoiding a coalition administration, he would be able to resist internal as well as external pressures.

      (6) Dealings with International media

      Leaders, politicians including Nawaz Sharif should be careful when talking to the media in English language. Expression of one-sided love for peace and for India would damage his credentials. As Prime Minister he leads 180 million Pakistanis and strong armed forces that will stand behind him in his ‘Recovery and Reconstruction plans’.

      (7) Indian shrewdness and Pakistani complacency

      The Indian sweat talking and meaningless time wasting talks did not get Pakistan anywhere in the past and serve no useful purpose now. India is good at softening targets with Bollywood bombers and its highly professional electronic media, which builds credible narrative on the foundation of complete lies. Death of Indian terrorist Serbjit Singh in a Pakistani prison, and brutal killing of a Pakistani prisoner in Jammu Kashmir Indian jail raise question about the peaceful intentions of India. The Indian establishment is under tight and permanent control of a small minority with anti-Pakistan bias. Its policy in Bangladesh shows that it does not spare even its puppets; it uses them even more blatantly to tighten its hold. The on-going Indian state terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir and its going ahead with building nearly 150 dams in Jammu and Kashmir is much more eloquent testimony of India’s real plans – not the song and dance of Aman ki Aasha. Acquiescence to India’s never ending negotiations is a betrayal of 100,000 who died in the struggle for the freedom of Kashmir.

      Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expected to give top priority to the economy of Pakistan as he is fully aware how the economy of Pakistan especially the Punjab as ravaged by five years long load shedding. Many believe that was not incompetence; it was it was a part of the plan by the previous India friendly regime in Pakistan. India’s political pundits have said openly from time to time that Pakistan cannot be beaten on the battlefield; but it is vulnerable to India’s water bomb.

      (8) Policy of Sandwiching Pakistan by India

      The policy of ‘India friendly government’ and ‘anti-Pakistan government in Afghanistan’ has damaged Pakistan much more than any overt war. . While Pakistan does and must want peace with India that objective cannot be achieved by Bollywood overtures. Nawaz Sharif will need to review the harmful and anti-state policies of General Mushraff which Zardari regime continued.

      Nawaz Sharif was generous with the corrupt Zaradri regime, which led Pakistan into darkness in the literal sense. Pakistan need to have peaceful relationship with its all neighbours especially Iran in the context of Baluchistan ‘great game’ and all weather friends including Saudi Arabia, UAE and other gulf states which employ Pakistan’s

      (9) Reforming and restructuring the national institutions

      Apart from the all the immature attitudes of Pakistani politicians from all the parties people in the know believe that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should be given a chance to mend the ways of his government in the capital with a time line. On the other hand government should show maturity and deliver as well as come out of ‘monarchic style rule’. Timing and flexibility in politics is very important which Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif should understand now before its very late.

      The idealism of Imran Khan and insecurity of the PML-N is not helping, as bravery and vision are something, which cannot be injected or bought. Corruption makes people weak, coward and compromising. That is true from judges to the presidents as corruption is radioactive.

      (10) Assets abroad and national security of Pakistan

      The wealth and assets of the politicians abroad have become a national security threat to Pakistan. The new rich finance minister Ishaq Dar has crossed all the lines in his greed to stay in power so much so he has compromised the national security and lives of the people for short term political gains in Sind by negotiating with ‘local arm’ of the evil forces like Xe aka Black water.

      (11) Pakistan narrative on India needs reviewing

      I am not sure if Nawaz Sharif’s one sided love and romanticism about making love with India not war over or still in his system? There will be no peace with India without the resolution of Kashmir issue. That is a fact so live with it. One cannot close eyes of India’s ‘water-bombing’ just because leaders drink mineral water.

      He must understand that all the operations launched in Kashmir by Pakistan from 1948, 1965 and Kargil in 1997 were legal under international law as Kashmir is part of Pakistan and is under illegal occupation and it has every right to fight for its freedom from the aggressor. The UN only act in East Timor and South Sudan as most residents are Christians and when it comes to Palestine and Kashmir UN sleep over them?

      In actual fact it was India who attacked Pakistan in 1948, 1965 and 1971 by crossing international borders. Indian generals and writers are admitting their involvement in the creation of Bangladesh and break up of East Pakistan. More recently India is sponsoring and supporting terrorist groups in FATA, Baluchistan and Karachi.

      The problem with the Indian leadership is that they all lack ‘vision’ and also suffered from severe inferiority complex since 1947. A.W Hume the founder of the congress was a white British European over 100 years ago and now still its leader a white Italian born European Sonia Gandhi real name, Antonia Edvige Albina Maino daughter of Parents: Stefano Maino and Paola Maino. The Indian national inferiority complex can be seen with the sale of whitening creams in India. That also affects their make up of foreign policy when India is hostile to all its brown and yellow neighbours, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal all have problems with racist Indian policies and hostility both inside and abroad.

      Nawaz Sharif unfortunately does not understand narrative that Indian can still be good neighbour of Pakistan without undermining it? There policies in the region are part of the problem and not solution.

      The self-blaming and subjugated mentality towards India has created problems for him. People around him like Pervez Rashid, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Khwaja Asif all had problems with the military and probably did not have psychological closures of ill treatment of Musharraf period. They become too idealist when talking and comparing democracy with Europe but failed to see the corruption within their ranks?

      It’s the advisors around Nawaz Sharif that are not letting him down and he is not ready to share the power with the others within the party? Politicians have made parties like family business all the leaders are parachuted in rather than moved upward from the bottom. It has become more like a mafia.

      Pervez Rashid should be sent to Gaza to see that solid argument (Palestinian case) does not work without a solid armed force. As his comments after shooting of Geo journalist that ‘we are with the argument and not with the army’ (hum daleel waloon kaa sath hain, gulail waloon kaa sath nahee’ was a direct attack on the armed forces of Pakistan? Than total undermining of the ISI and its Chief on pro Indian Geo TV for 8 hours under the watch of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister sent loud and clear message to the army where his government heading – suicide.

      There was a welcoming change in the narrative towards the armed forces of Pakistan recently? The military leadership and civil establishment clearly understand or should understand:

      1. That mixing family businesses of politicians with (India) has compromised the national interests of Pakistan.
      2. Transfer of national wealth to UK, Europe and other places has made all the politicians very vulnerable, compromising and open to abuse.
      3. Recent historical fact is that not a single corrupt politician was able to take his wealth back to his country from Swiss banks or elsewhere.
      4. If Nawaz Government in Pakistan can open files of tax evasion or corruption of Tahir ul Qadri so can the British Government or Swiss Government for them if needed so there is no need to be ‘smart alec’.
      5. Obviously most of the growth in their wealth is a result of corruption and can easily be proved that all these assets are product of ‘crime proceeds’ and therefore ceased by the state.
      6. Or you do what we ask you to do for us and that is how these people have not only got their hands tied up with their feet and mouth sealed.

      (12) Legitimate Demands of People

      On the other hand what PTI leader Imran Khan is asking is perfectly legal, genuine and sensible. However, It is not a time to do a ‘long march’ and create any law and order situation as well as stretch the armed forces of Pakistan. It is right march at a wrong time.

      1. Imran Khan should give Nawaz Sharif Government a clear time line to deliver reforms and changes with the guarantees from all the stakeholders in Pakistan.
      2. Electoral reforms are the most important element at the moment.
      3. That can be done by a Presidential ordinance and later approved by the parliament.
      4. Regime change is not going to be useful and it will bring in the same corrupt lot again.
      5. Electronic voting system should be launched as soon as possible.
      6. Local bodies elections should be done on electronic machines.
      7. Politicians heavily rely on the police force to get their ways and also get away with murders.
      8. That was one of the reasons that police reforms did not take place in Pakistan during Musharraf’s time.
      9. Now it is time to have that done and de-politicise the police in Pakistan.
      10. One final thing Imran Khan should demand from the Nawaz Government is that it must write a letter to the Swiss Government to release the names and identities of the people holding national wealth of $200 billon in Swiss Banks. That will be enough to pay off all the debts of Pakistan?

      (13) Pakistan: War in Afghanistan -US Relations

      On the international front Nawaz Sharif don’t have a full time foreign minister and Prime Minister also assumed this role. It is beyond imagination that a country 0f about 200 million with strong armed forces with nuclear capabilities, long rang missiles covering whole of Indian including Israel, have war going on the neighbourhood in Afghanistan with NATO and US forces is non serious about the foreign policy?

      The reality is launching a weak player or giving a walk over with soft response ignoring the national interests is also treachery. These politicians will never do this in there own businesses i.e. hire an incompetent person to run their business? For that very reason the country is getting poorer and drowning in debts but assets and wealth of these people rocketing sky high and growing by seconds.

      The policy of looting the million and sharing with few hundreds in the country to protect the loot is on the full swing. Have a look all the land societies. How small time crooks are flying in jets and hiring retired generals and judges with the loot to escape from the wrath of the people looted. People are forced to say that at least the civil administration and judiciary should be handed over to the ‘Taliban’. Public opinion is getting more and more frustrated and angry.

      There seems to be no clear policy of the current regime as how to deal with the challenges concerning the US lead military occupation of Afghanistan and drone attacks on Pakistan. Pakistan suffered approximately $100 billion economic losses, deployed more than 147,800 troops conducting combat operations in the tribal areas along the Afghan border. The Pakistan armed forces have lost more than 5000 soldiers, with another 6,400 injured. They sustain an average of 10 casualties each day, and approximately 50,000 Pakistani civilians killed by suicide bombers and terrorism.

      The so called democratic government left every thing in the court of The Armed Forces to deal with, which has already paid very heavy price in terms of financial and human cost. This detachment of the regime is seen as if they are undermining, damaging and colluding with the enemies of the state of Pakistan. There should have been a review from the government, which completely failed to protect the national interests of the state.

      There is no doubt that problems in Pakistan are due to the US policies and occupation of Afghanistan and not the other way around. US is in habit of blaming others for the failures of its policies as it was in the case of Vietnam i.e. blaming the neighbours, shifting the blame and not taking responsibility. I have discussed following issues on various occasions in the past years as how US policies affected Pakistan as well as the region.

      (14) US Plan in Afghanistan and Defence Contractors

      Since US arms dealers and defence contractors seemingly run military and defence policy. I asked the Australian Army Chief at International Summit in London on “End Sexual Violence in Conflict – 10-13 June 2014” – Soldiering is an honourable profession and only job in which a soldier sign his death warrant a part of job description, but these mercenaries have made soldiering a disgrace.

      Now any plan B in Afghanistan would make the exit hard, even difficult for allies and US. Now they have one Qandhar ‘Pushtuns’ with plan B they will have three Qandhars of Uzbeks and Tajiks in Afghanistan. There is only one way to solve the problems in Afghanistan and that is way out of Afghanistan without defeated. Shifting the blame on Pakistan would make things worse for allies and US as it would be like ‘blaming the pope and living in Rome’. Afghan venture is costing too much to the US taxpayers as following report confirms. Cross border militancy from Af-Pak border is only 3% due to the presence of 2 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

      (15) Pakistan is hosting highest number of refugees – why?

      As a result of Soviet invasion in 1979 and US and Western intervention in Afghanistan in 1981 against the soviets resulted migration of 3 million refugees in Pakistan. This has made demographic and social changes within KPK province. Sadly all the regimes in Pakistan have been quietly extending stay of the afghan refugees in Pakistan with UNCHR. When I asked Sartaj Aziz advisor to Prime Minister for foreign affairs at London think-tank IISS: ‘what assistance are you getting from the countries whose intervention caused this migration’. His response was ‘very little’.

      (16) Afghan War costing $7 Billion per month to US tax payers

      “U.S. expenditures on Afghanistan are now nearly $7 billion per month. This course would not make sense because U.S. interests in Afghanistan are not high enough to justify such an investment. The United States now deploys about 100,000 troops in Afghanistan, yet according to the CIA; there are now only 50 to 100 al Qaeda fighters there. That is between 1,000 and 2,000 soldiers and perhaps a billion dollars per terrorist each year — far beyond any reasonable expenditure of U.S. resources given the stakes involved. The original U.S. military objective in Afghanistan was to destroy al Qaeda, not to fight the Afghan Taliban, and that goal has largely been accomplished”, according to ‘Foreign Affairs’ report January/February 2011, Plan B in Afghanistan – Why a De Facto Partition Is the Least Bad Option’ by Robert D. Blackwill

      (17) US harmed Pakistan’s economy, sovereignty and integrity

      Keeping in view the above spending in Afghanistan by the US, and its support to Pakistan proves that USA has abused Pakistani state, its infrastructures as well caused over thousands military deaths and over 30,000 civilian deaths. So-called US friendship to Pakistan proved to be lethal, poisonous as well undermines the foundations of the country. Surly that is only possible if Pakistanis in power ignored their national interests and protected their own by selling their souls for green cards and money?

      There is no doubt Pakistan’s economy suffered approximately $100 billion losses by the US led fraudulent ‘War on Terror’ in Afghanistan because before the war Pakistan’s annual trade with Afghanistan was about $2 billion a year. But who is going to bell the cat and tell US that your trigger happy policy made Pakistan suffer economically as well as human losses to the Pakistani citizens. Over all Pakistan’s economy and people suffered losses approximately $100 billion in the past 12 years. The burden of over 2.5 million Afghan Refugees living in Pakistan for over 33 years as result of first US led adventure against Soviets since 1979. On the basis of logic and probability US friendship with the State of Pakistan has proved to be fatal, harmful, damaging and one sided?

      (18) US rule by Pakistani Agents

      US must connect with the people of Pakistan and abandon policy of ‘rule by assets’ because it is not long standing and credible. The Indianised elements in the US administration are misleading the country on the instigations of some lobbies and made US and its friends in Pakistan a symbol of ‘shame and treachery’.

      The State of Pakistan does not owe anything to the US because United States has taken full advantage of every dollar spent and profited from this love hate relationship. Some corrupt Pakistanis might have become rich but State of Pakistan has suffered with the treacherous policies adopted and accepted by these individuals ‘assets’. They see US as ‘us’ and not United States. So how can it be a dialogue when people negotiating are considered as US assets? Pakistan – U.S. relations should base on mutual respect and equality.

      People like Hussain Haqqani Pakistani former ambassador to US should be arrested for issuing visas to ‘private mercenaries’ with special powers given to him by President Zardari. He issued visas without security clearance from the Pakistani agencies while his wife Farah Isphani minding President Zardari in Islamabad. Hussain Haqqani reportedly issued 10,521 visas from July to November 2009 to the Americans. He issued approximately 500 Pakistani visas in 24 hours using special powers given by President Zardari. Blood of every one killed civilian or soldier by these agents is on the hands of Zardari and Haqqanis?

      (19) Recruitment of US Agents in Pakistan

      Ironically Pakistani governments and the establishment have always facilitated the US policies? US enjoy this advantage because it has an elaborate plan to ensure its grip on the governing infrastructure of Pakistan. Amongst a number of ostensibly innocent ways to ensure this control, two are quite prominent. One is the ‘International Visitor Programme and the other is Fulbright Scholarship. Under visit programme, US attracts important / influential members of Pakistani society i.e. politicians, civil/military bureaucrats, journalist, intellectuals etc by offering a visit to US under privileged arrangements.

      During these visits, required people are spotted and later on engaged to work for both short and long term US interests in Pakistan. It does not end here, later on; these people are also assisted and supported to progress in their fields to reach targeted positions of high value from where they can provide required service to their masters. Every year short listing of the potential individuals is done by the existing sources in respected fields that are duly supervised by US embassy. A complete profile of the short listed individuals is made with special emphasis on strong / weak areas. These areas of the individuals are exploited during their visits / tours to US and they are motivated or forced to work for US interests. Lucrative postings of the armed forces for UN peace missions can be a good networking start for future assets.

      According to reports, ‘since FATA has become an important area for US, five Pakistanis from FATA were selected to go to US where they stayed for almost a month. Baluchistan carries a similar position for US, so no wonder US regularly sends short listed Baluch nationalists on these visits. US efforts on Pakistani politicians of the mainstream parties never stop. Currently, more than a dozen sitting MNAs (Members of National Assembly) of leading political parties are on a trip to US. It is interesting to note that most of these MNAs are members of Parliament’s Standing Committee for Defence, which indicates that US wants to develop source to keep a closer eye on Pakistan’s defence infrastructure including the nuclear asset.

      In 43 years from 1964 to 2007, total numbers of Pakistanis visited USA was 710 but the numbers shot up in 2007-2008 when 207, Pakistanis have visited US under Fulbright scholarship? These sponsored visits to US cover almost all-important fields of Pakistani society which include Armed Forces / civil bureaucracy (both senior and junior levels) religious scholars, politicians, businessmen, media personnel and students”.

      The beneficiaries of this US patronage, work for their master on long term bases and reach place of strategic value. All the way through, heavy financial rewards and full protection is guaranteed to these individuals in case they are in trouble. One can simply recall a number of journalists, politicians and bureaucrats, who were caught for their wrongdoings but went scoot free to the utter surprise of every one. It was known later that US government exerted pressure for such releases. It would be wise if USA and others connect with the people of Pakistan then recruiting, investing and protecting small ‘chiefs or thieves’.

      (20) US Policy of displacement and creating refugees

      US policies around the world and especially in Pakistan created refugees and internally displaced people in SWAT and FATA to further destabilize the country. Millions of people in Pakistan are waiting to be fully rehabilitated; 2.5 million Afghan refugees are burden on the economy on Pakistan as well as social problems. They can’t go back NATO and US have occupied Afghanistan and fighting an un-winnable war. All this is happening as part of US design and not mere co incidents i.e. keep turmoil in the country.

      (21) NATO and US ignore Indian Army’s Genocide in Kashmir

      US have forgotten about the sufferings and miseries of the people in Indian occupied Kashmir. US have ignored 92685 killings, 115877 arrests, 15665 home demolitions, by Indian Security Forces, and 22675 widows and 107218 orphans? Kashmir is not a matter of land dispute or real estate. If Indians solve this long-standing issue both countries can live like US and Canada. India should not worry too much about over inflated trickle down affect as historically links among the people are much stronger and will further improve. It will leave lot of money to spend on poverty elevation in both countries.

      (22) Drone Attacks: Pakistan to go to International Criminal Court (ICC)?

      US has no mandate from the UN to attack inside Pakistani territory therefore these attacks are illegal under international law and a case against US could be filed in the International Criminal Court (ICC). US drone attacks have killed over 2000 people in about 196 drone attacks. Pakistani courts should also prosecute the local collaborators who drop ‘sims’ at the drone targets.

      In 1996, the United States and Iran reached “an agreement in full and final settlement of all disputes, differences, claims, counterclaims” relating to the incident at the International Court of Justice. As part of the settlement, the United States agreed to pay US$61.8 million, an average of $213,103.45 per passenger, in compensation to the families of the Iranian victims. However, the United States has never admitted responsibility, nor apologized to Iran. Iran Air Flight 655, also known as IR655, was a civilian airliner shot down by US missiles on 3rd July 1988, over the Strait of Hormuz, toward the end of the Iran–Iraq War. The aircraft, an Airbus A300B2 operated by Iran Air as IR655, was flying from Bandar Abbas, Iran, to Dubai, UAE, when it was destroyed by the U.S. Navy’s guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes, killing all 290 passengers and crew aboard, including 66 children.

      (23) Indian false flag terrorism to Keep Pakistan under Pressure

      A small minority of greedy bankers and pawnbrokers have hijacked USA and causing harm to its interests. These greedy people want to profit from deaths, misery and destruction by blackmail be it claiming compensation from Libya for plane crash in Lockerbie or now filing a lawsuit against Pakistani security agencies in US for Mumbai Bombings without any proof or evidence. Though many people in the Indian security circles believe it was Indo-US joint operation to put pressure on Pakistan.

      US should avoid planned prophecies because one wonders how and why US – Israeli prophecies proved to be so true about everything happening according to the script. One was US Secretary Gates to conclude that al-Qaeda is attempting to spark a war between India and Pakistan. Mr. Gates while praising India for not attacking Pakistan immediately following the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, warned India could not be expected to show such restraint if another attack happened.

      Al-Qaeda is a trump card which can be used against any one, anytime and anywhere. Indians were intelligent not to start war with Pakistan after Mumbai Terrorist attacks and might have realised ‘the game’ behind the attacks? Though there are millions naked and hungry Indians walking about and looking for toilets, yet its government managed to spend $billions to buy arms after the attacks. Indian media was quite active in exposing the role of a US citizen David William Hedley.

      The Mumbai attacks were blamed on the Lashkar-e Taiba (LeT) a small group operated in the Indian occupied Kashmir which denied involvement but then a Srinagar special branch official was arrested for providing mobile SIM cards to the alleged attackers. Mumbai attacks were too big for their shoes though some ‘useful idiots’ might have been lured into. According to a British defence think tank RUSI (Royal United Security Institute) expert, “around 100 people would require to do this kind of attack”.

      But fact of the matter is that its mastermind David William Hedley is a US citizen from Pakistani father (an employee of Voice of America) and reportedly a Jewish mother. He was operating with the knowledge of the US security agencies. According to a senior security analyst and media reports, “Bizarrely David William Hedley was born in Washington USA to a Pakistani father and a Jewish American mother travelling in and out of India without any problem. Indian investigators, suspect that he remained on the payroll of the US security services — possibly working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

      (24) How US backed Regimes undermining Pakistan:

      · Creating electric shortages for no real reason to destroy industry and economy following IMF agenda
      · Why Pakistan’s nuclear scientist not allowed producing electricity for the country because Zardari regime is starving the nuclear science field by budget cuts, this is de-nuclearization.
      · Not taking stand on water issue with India
      · This regime is deliberately taking Pakistan to the failure by strangling the poorest under the IMF agenda.
      · So much so that the Iranian ambassador to Pakistan has to make a press statement that, ‘Iran can provide cheap electricity to Pakistan and price can be discussed later’. So what is the hurdle?
      · According to the Newsweek magazine issue dated February 9, 2009, “And while the Americans blast the bad guys in the tribal areas, the Pakistanis have been confronting problems in their own ranks. Since September 2008, (since Zardari become President), 140 pro-Islamist officers have been mustered out of ISI, according to a senior diplomatic official in Washington, asking not to be named on such a sensitive topic.”
      · Historically US has never been a friend of Pakistan in need, be it war in 1965 or nuclear deal with India, and all its friends paid heavy price be it individuals or countries? One wonders if friends of Pakistan like US and others are part of the problem or part of the solution?
      · If this is Pakistan’s war then why USA is paying for it. Pakistan sold its services too cheap? One US/UK private security guard (mostly ex military) is getting paid approximately £300 – £500 (Rs 36900 – Rs. 61500) a day in Iraq according to press reports. Pakistan’s economic and human losses are far more than anyone else. What for?
      · Surely US know that British couldn’t de-Islamise India in 200 years and they cannot do either but it is a good exercise for shrinking brain Pakistani leaders and war profiteering mafia in the US? How can one ignore 650 million Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani Muslims and their potential? One must know that Islam does not require defending?

      (25) Friendly advice to the US and NATO in Afghanistan:

      · Cut your losses and move out because people don’t want to be occupied
      · Don’t repeat the same mistake again like leaving Afghanistan in a mess after Soviet withdrawal
      · Start reconstruction and rehabilitation process in Afghanistan and Iraq
      · Hearts and minds could be won with love not bombs, food not threats
      · Fundamental change in the US foreign policy
      · Unnecessary, unfair and too much support of Israel have made lives of US citizens risky and open to hostility?
      · It seems US need to fight and win a war of liberation within from selfish
      · ‘Wall Street’ blackmailers, opportunists and hijackers of the very fundamental values of the US society and Constitution?
      · Efforts must be made to save innocent lives
      · Safe return of more than 2.5 million Afghan refugees from Pakistan, as they are a burden on Pakistan economy.
      · History tells ‘people of this region don’t forget their revenge’, and Pakistan is not Andalusia. Pakistan’s existence lies in defiance of international plotters? Though Swat and Baluchistan tensions seem to be linked with revenge and grievances but in reality it is a ‘plot to contain China’?

      (26) US Defence contractors prolonging War in Afghanistan

      Without going much into US history it is important to understand that US economy and society is founded on the blood and sweat of millions of African slaves and bodies of indigenous Americans. Those who were running these cartels and slave trade at that time were mostly linked with criminals, ‘transported’ from Europe. They were criminals from street cons to murderers.

      When we look at the negotiations and dealings of the US officials and politicians with Pakistani politicians, it clearly sounds like ‘big cons’ are dealing with the small street thieves who are not only supposed to earn their living but also give share to the big cons?

      I commented on BBC TV on Tuesday 8th January 2008, “many analysts agree that Pakistan don’t need enemy if it has a friend like US keeping in view the policy of betrayal, selfishness and leaving in lurch. “People of Pakistan are asking the way its nuclear program is being targeted in the US and West, one wonders if the friends of Pakistan are part of the problem or solution?”

      (27) What could happen if Pakistan is destabilized or attacked by India?

      Keeping in view recent attacks on the Cease Fire Line of Kashmir and working boundary by the Indians, which is understood as ‘secret support of Nawaz Sharif’ from Modi, lead Indian government. What Indians and other sleeping partners must understand and know that:

      · Pakistan will Nuke India with its ‘small’ nuke weapons by eliminating any forces assembling on its borders with design to cross into Pakistan. This is based on information and not on assumption.
      · More than 15 separatist armed militant movements currently going on in India would reach its boiling point and disintegrate India?
      · Certain countries could not afford two destabilized states with the 180 million and over 1 billion population in their neighbourhoods?
      · The whole lot of elite, friends and compromised beneficiaries of certain countries would be eliminated as happened after Iranian Revolution and this region might become out of bound and hell
      · Reaction from 2.5 million retired and 600,000 active members of the Pakistani armed forces and public would be unimaginable for the invaders, their supporters and collaborators
      · Pakistan is not Iraq or Lebanon and people should learn from their experiences and come out of denial?
      · Those who are providing protection to private mercenaries (black water/Xe) should be named and shamed?

      (28) US and Pakistan’s Tribal Areas (FATA)

      Keeping view the current military operation in Wazristan and elimination of terrorist elements US must assist Pakistan and not undermine or not let any one else do i.e. Indians and rouge Afghan elements.

      On 24th July 2008, at (IISS) International Institute of Strategic Studies in London I asked, Pakistani Foreign Minister HE Shah Mahmud Qureshi, “Foreign Minister your democratic government’s sole motto seems to be, ‘Visit USA before US visits you’ because you just came from the USA and Prime Minister Gilani is going to USA too. On the other hand, ‘If US want to (visit) invade Pakistan’s tribal areas (FATA) then “SO BE IT”.

      As you know those NATO Military commanders in Afghanistan have already said, ‘approximately 400,000 troops required in Afghanistan for the security and stabilization of the country. Please comment.

      I was referring to an interview to Spiegel, a German magazine of the outgoing ISAF Commander McNeill who confessed having inadequate trained forces to effectively counter terrorism in Afghanistan. NATO has only 47,000 soldiers instead of a required strength of 400,000 with a shortfall of 260,000 men. NATO is practically running on reserve, as very few units can be used in combat situation. While neighbouring countries want peace in the region, manning a volatile country with only 47,000 NATO troops and practically no well-trained Afghan Army, the mission to bring peace to the region seems an uphill task, McNeill said”

      Analysts believe that the American people are being indoctrinated with the false propaganda through controlled media? Many analysts agree that this war on terror is a biggest fraud of this century? One should look who are the beneficiaries of war on terror? Millions have been killed and displaced in Iraq and Afghanistan in the name of what?

      What could be the best friendly advice one can offer to the occupiers in Afghanistan?

      · Don’t even think about venturing in FATA of Pakistan because you don’t have money in the pot back home, and will to bring back more dead soldiers. Indian-Israeli sponsored TTP or BLA won’t help at all.
      · Cut your losses and move out because people don’t want to be occupied
      · Don’t repeat the same mistake again like leaving Afghanistan in a mess after Soviet withdrawal
      · Start reconstruction and rehabilitation process in Afghanistan hearts and minds could be won with love not bombs, food not threats
      · Fundamental change in the US foreign policy
      · Unnecessary, unfair and too much support of Israel have made lives of US citizens risky and open to hostility? Find way to de-nuclearise Israel for their sake and world peace as what will happen when apartheid entity will disappear?
      · It seems US need to fight and win a war of liberation within from selfish blackmailers, opportunists and hijackers of the very fundamentals of the US society and constitution?
      · Efforts must be made to save innocent lives
      · Safe return of more than 2.5 million Afghan refugees from Pakistan, which could be a breading ground of angry men against the US occupation.

      (29) Indian Game in Afghanistan

      I am not sure if current Pakistani regime lead by Nawaz Sharif understands this game or complicit and complacent? Whatever may be the case People in the know are very well aware with the Indian game in Afghanistan; one cannot be a partner, a friend and an enemy at the same time? Yes it is important that one should have friendly terms with all the neighbours but at what cost? One wonders if friends of Pakistan are part of the problems or part of the solution.

      Those who are asking President Obama to send more troops in Afghanistan knows that cost would be over $1 billion for 1000 troops per year and US is bankrupt country already. The same people who send US to Afghanistan and Iraq i.e. bankers and arms dealers rob it. Afghanistan is a magnet for empires to come and die? Is it strange that Russian experts are predicting US collapse like Soviet Union and Chinese strategists are predicting disintegration of India?

      President Obama probably understands that a group of his armed forces and some racist rouge elements have not accepted him, as Commandant in Chief and that is why they want him to send more troops in Afghanistan so more would be killed. This Policy is bound to fail. There seems to be a clear divide between the President Obama’s sensible and harm reduction policy and Hilary Clinton, Robert Gates and General McCrystal’s policy to fail President Obama. It was Bill Clinton who reportedly called President Obama ‘coffee boy’.

      (30) Conspiracy to constitutionally break Pakistan

      It is unfortunate that some Pakistani elements are deluded with Indian narrative of history. The reality is that it was the Indian leadership, which has proven to be incompetent and failed to run India as state since 1947. After the departure of the British they engaged in the conspiracies and activities to break Pakistan and was successful in 1971 with the help of Soviets and US. Therefore divided India twice within 25 years. This policy is continued and shows lack of vision of Indian leadership. Sincerity is proved by actions and not by words.

      On 12th January 2009 MQM tabled a “Provincial Autonomy’ Sine qua non for a Federation, Draft Bill for Constitutional Amendments to Provide Complete Constitutional Autonomy to Constituent Units”. It is quite strange that a party (MQM–A) which bank on the votes of people who migrated and some emigrated later from India and had no roots with any province of Pakistan is allegedly involved in the Indo-US plot of disintegration of Pakistan. So what will happen to those who are not Punjabis, Sindis, Baluchis, Pathans, and Kashmiris living peacefully in Pakistan? Another episode of ‘Biharis – Pakistanis’ living camps in now Bangladesh?

      “It was 1974 constitution of former Yugoslavia which caused the break of the state”, said Antonio Moneo Lain a visiting fellow at LSE in his lecture at London School of Economics on 2nd December 2009. I told him that although, “USA is a union of States but no such facility like choice of becoming independent country is available to the states as the issue of state autonomy is kept vague”.

      The plan is devious and not easy to understand. International financiers and plotters use constitutional loopholes to disintegrate countries to take control of natural resources. These plotters, their bankers and local agents are adept at creating food and other shortages, unemployment, insecurity, lawlessness, corruption, poverty and constitutional hiatus that make it necessary to invite foreign experts and international financial institutions for advice and help. The whole idea is to pass the control over national institutions, assets (Railways, steel mills, oil, gas resources) to these plotters, bankers.

      It seems that minders of Nawaz , Zardari, MQM and ANP have the Soviet Model of disintegration in mind. In modern times international plotters exploit legal and constitutional loopholes or arrange for such constitutional amendments that lead inevitably to the disintegration of the country.

      For example in dismantling the USSR the international plotters used constitutional provisions, which had been placed intentionally. The were provisions in the Constitution of the USSR – put in during the heady days after the Russian Revolution of 1918, that made dismantling of the Union not just possible but easy. Article 70 of the Soviet Constitution Stated: “Union of the Soviet Republics is a unitary, federal, multinational state, formed on Free Self Determination of Nations”. Article 72 was more explicit and stated: “Each Union Republic retains the right freely to secede from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics”.

      Interestingly no such provision or mechanism is available in the US Constitution. According to US experts “the constitutional language is ‘sparse’. It is up to the Congress to give meaning to that language”. We all know who control and gets the majority in the Congress?

      Now if we analyse USSR and Yugoslavia’s examples and read between the lines what these plotters are suggesting in the name of constitutional reforms in 1973 Constitution of Pakistan, it becomes crystal clear and evident that sinister game is being played to undo Pakistan from the back door. That is the game of many interested parties in the region including India. Are our politicians making such constitutional changes that court the danger of Pakistan meeting the fate of Yugoslavia? That is the question? What is our so-called friend US is doing? Same what they did in 1971 in creating Bangladesh.

      (31) US policy of ‘Disposable Diplomacy’ in Pakistan

      There is a strong perception in Pakistan that US have continuously followed the policy of Disposables Diplomacy by eliminating its leaders by covert operations with the support of local agents. Fingers are pointed to the US involvements in the ‘Zia ul Haq plane crash and killing of Benazir Bhutto in 2007. They are disposed of like toilet tissue papers? I am not sure if Nawaz Sharif understands that or not?

      Now it is time that international community including others and US should stop shouting at Pakistan to do more and look for an exit strategy? The mess Pakistan is in at the moment is due to the mindless actions of the previous Bush Administration in Afghanistan. On the one hand they want Pakistan to support them but on the other, they are allowing Indians to conspire against Pakistan, interfere in Baluchistan from Afghanistan via Indian consulates. Therefore US cannot be a friend a partner and a subvert at the same time?

      The writer is a London based senior investigative journalist and writes on international terrorism, security, and foreign policy.

      Strategic Dynamics of Gwadar and the IPGPL

      _DSC0030By Brig Imran Khan(R)

      The geopolitical landscape of the Af-Pak Region (APR) and South Central Asian Region (SCAR) is about to undergo a massive transformation. As the US/NATO/ISAF Combine prepares to egress new regional alignments are emerging with serious geopolitical, economic and strategic connotations.

      This change is manifested by two dynamic events with global implications. Firstly, Pakistan and China have closed a deal on Gwadar. Secondly, unconvinced of the energy alternatives offered by the US, Pakistan has formalized an agreement and understanding with Iran on the Iran Pakistan Gas Pipe Line (IPGPL), a US $ 4 billion oil refinery at Gwadar and 1000 MW of electricity – much to the consternation of the US and its allies.

      Is Pakistan pre-empting another US desertion – a la 1989?

      US policy failure in the APR and the SCAR is apparent. Its writ has clearly weakened, its Afghan Campaign has gone awry and its driven urgency to egress is symptomatic of its defeatist mindset. Terrorism still thrives and rudderless attempts at negotiations with the Taliban appear stillborn. The overall Afghan internal situation stays unresolved. India – its “potential plenipotentiary” is not even remotely relevant to the APR much less in control of it. It just wretchedly wallows on the periphery waiting pitiably for glory and greatness to be thrust upon it.

      The US is thus set to lose its most dominating and central position in the SCAR – Afghanistan!

      The remnants of the US/NATO/ISAF (13-14000 troops) and mercenaries like Blackwater, Xe will not be enough to secure western interests in the region. However, in cahoots with the CIA-MI6-RAW-MOSSAD-NDS Combine their capacity and reach to create mischief would still be significant and multi-dimensional. Their collective main aim could thenceforth be to deny this strategic space (Afghanistan, APR) to any regional power or bloc – China, Russia or the SCO. Furthermore, they will move to keep the region destabilized, create fissures within it, generate upheavals, stoke uprisings, encourage terrorist activities, cause wanton destruction and widespread mayhem and challenge the emergence of a unified regional alignment/bloc. They will try to sabotage the various efforts that the regional countries make to integrate their respective economies through mutually beneficial joint projects. They will raise the tempos to destabilize Pakistan and Iran even further.

      As an unintended consequence of these developments (Gwadar, IPGPL), the US-Israeli decision on Iran could be ominously hastened!

      Pakistan however will be their main quarry! And the battlefields will be Pakistan at large, Karachi and Balochistan in particular.

      US and its allies must be viewing this convergence of Chinese, Pakistani and Iranian strategic and economic interests in Gwadar and Balochistan with extreme trepidation. In one fell swoop the Straits of Hormuz and the Sea Lines of Communication (SLOCs) to and from the Persian Gulf have come under Chinese oversight. Furthermore, regional economies are getting integrated “independent” of western influence and domination. The prospects of a network of oil and gas pipelines (IPGPL, even TAPI) flowing from the ME and CARs to Pakistan and China are that much brighter now. However India, due to its short-sighted policies, might end up losing access to all fossil fuel pipelines and trade routes to Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, CARs, Russia and Europe – even Xinjiang, western China.

      The US Administration will react as per its laws on the issue and the reality of Israeli lobbies and political dynamics within its body politic. It will exert pressures through at least five tiers – the UN, the EU, allies like the Arab states, Japan, Australia, India, etc, bilaterally itself and through the IFIs like the WB, ADB, IMF, et al. It is likely to pend its own bilateral sanctions till the Afghan imbroglio is conclusively brought to a closure and the US/NATO/ISAF Combine has safely egressed from the region. Thereafter, it is likely to start turning the screw itself, too.

      Pakistan is thus likely to face multidimensional pressures for the “sins” of Gwadar and the IPGPL. However, it would be wary of the efforts of these foreign intelligence agencies to further destabilize it. Karachi, its economic hub is already under relentless terrorist attacks – foreign inspired, aided, and funded. Gwadar and the IPGPL will receive particular attention, too. RAW has its “consulates” along the Pak Afghan border and will react with customary bitterness. MOSSAD, which infiltrated the Jundullah posing as CIA, will be super active too particularly along the Iran-Pakistan border. CIA-MI6-NDS will have their own axes to grind. All activities for further development of Gwadar and the IPGPL will come under severe terrorist attacks. Diplomatic and economic pressures too will be generated. Western think tanks and known western hawks on the Balochistan issue will be encouraged to hold conferences and mold international opinion favorably.

      Pakistan therefore must brace itself to foil these inimical interior and exterior maneuvers.

      Pakistan needs to set its own house in order first. Elections and transfer of power must be expeditious and peaceful. The new Government should engage the terrorists directly and with a clear end state in mind. The LEAs (Police, Rangers, FC etc) must be further trained, reorganized and special counter terrorist units be raised within them. A series of battalion/wing strength cantonments be built along the length of the IPGPL from which the LEAs could sally forth to patrol and secure the areas. A special aviation task force comprising an RPV unit as well as a heli-borne Quick Reaction Force should be created to deter and crush all subversive activities against Gwadar or the IPGPL. The capacities of our intelligence agencies must be enhanced appropriately.

      Concurrently, Pakistan must launch a pre-emptive diplomatic offensive to assuage the concerns of the Arabs, the EU and the US. It should seek to act as a bridge between the Arabs and Iran.

      Gwadar and the IPGPL are clearly in Pakistan’s supreme national interests and must be pursued. Pakistan, China and Iran should continue efforts to integrate other regional countries into a mutually beneficial multi-dimensional bloc as well.

      All said and done, Pakistan must stay the course – come what may!

      The author is a retired Brigadier and a former Defence Attache’ to Australia and New Zealand. Currently he is on the Faculty of NUST (NIPCONS).

      Hazaras:”Nero Fiddles as the Rome Burns?”

      By Brig Mehboob Qadir (R)

      Shias in Pakistan are a sizeable religious minority who have lived among Sunni main mass in perfect harmony since centuries. One Processionwould not really know or bother to find out who was a Shia or a Sunni till Muharrum, the month of Shia mourning arrived. Shias would wear black clothes and move about with a sense of grief and loss commemorating the great martyrdom of Imam Hussain and his companions at the hands of an absolute despot. It used to be over as the month ended, more or less and then normal business of life resumed in the neighborhood. As Sunnis we would respect and empathize with Shia mourners in many local but graceful ways.We would attend their majlis ( a recitation of tragic events ) , consume post majlis food  distributed in the venue  and set up drinking water stalls en route the mourning processions. Similarly for at least the ten days of Ashur(end of the month) we would not play music, buy new clothings or any major new thing, hold any festive event like weddings etc and avoid wearing  freshly tailored or showy bright clothes.

      All this and much more was done naturally and not under any special instructions by any lofty Allama or a Shaikh ul Islam. We would be deferential to the Shia sentiments because we were taught it was decent, humane and expected. None hated or disliked anyone for the shade of his belief ,particularly Islamic faith. There were many subsects and schools of fiqah that were subsisting together with the main ones without any difficulty. Ahmadis were very well adjusted and so were Ismailis and the like. Wahabis were few and far between and generally distanced from  socially because of their unsettling kind of belief. Hindus, Sikhs,Christians, Parsis and a tiny number of  Jews were handled tenderly lest their sensibilities are touched. It used to be such a wonderful sight to see local  Sikh businessmen sitting side by side among the fierce Afridi traders in theTorkham bazaars.

      Most regrettably perceptions have moved away from realities in case of Pakistan and that is our real and abiding loss. There were no fatwas for beheadings, no faith charged processions and least of all sectarian or communal murders.The best and most well behaved class fellow in my class in Loralai was a handsome Hindu boy call Ramesh whom I understand rose to heights in the Civil Service of the country.During college days my best friends and  brighter students were mostly Ahmadi boys with whom  a life long relationship remains. Their sense of duty,integrity and dependability  used to be amazing.

      Then came the  notorious and ,in the hindsight, catastrophic anti Ahmadi riots of 1953 in Lahore particularly.These were archestrated mainly by the Jamaat e Islami’s Maududi and The Majlis e Ahrar e Islam‘s firebrand Deobandi mullahs.Ahraris were typically opposd to Pakistan like Maududi and hated Ahmadis.The army quickly and effectively put them down and sentenced these characters to death that was later commuted to jail term. Sorrowfully more than 200 Ahmadis were killed and huge property gutted in that madness.As an evil consequence all such bigoted religious elements began to band together first as opposition to Ahmadis but eventually expanded to other shades of belief less their doctrinal gurus, the Wahabis. Shias were the natural next minority as it irked the unforgiving breed of mullahs with in the Sunni main mass and who better than the Deobandis and their chief patrons and ideologues ,the nettlesome Wahabis. This toxic lava began to simmer but was controllable till two demons of destruction swept down upon the region in general and Pakistan in particular. As if coordinated, the Soviets invaded Afghanistanin 1979 and nearly simultaneously Ayatullah Khomeini descended upon Iran.This was the beginning of a mutually reinforcing and assured destruction of  broad and beautiful balance in faith in Pakistan.Late General Zia espoused the cause of Afghan resistance and repainted it as Jihad under the twin persuasion of Saudis followed by the US.That stratagem also assured flow of dollars and relifing of his faltering regime against the rising popular opposition to his  disgusting medieval style rule. On his beck and call was again the abrasive Deobandi-Wahabi  combine, unfortunately. These wicked twains were to later bring Pakistan and its people to tremendous harm and grief. That is what happens when one feeds vipers like these in the back yard.

      Khominite take over of Iran enthused Shias to their dream of Mahdavi world dominance while Soviet invasion helped Saudis realize their dream of universal jihad albeit not in their land but safely in Afghanistan-Pakistan. There could have been nothing more auspicious for them, than having a tin pot dictator ruling Pakistan and looking for some kind of legitimacy .In this lava crater of regional upheavals the Hazaras of Afghanistan and Quetta were caught in a vice not of their making but thrown around them by the tragic twists and turns of history.Pakistan was already seething with sectarian divide, Ahmadis had been declared as non muslims by late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto under pressure from religious lobby in 1976.Time was ripe for a Wahabit- Deobandi ascent in Pakistan just as the petro dollars began to flow in while Late Zia was already teetering over the sectarian edge.

      Afghan war of freedom from Soviets and concomitant Khominite revolution in neighboring Iran helped to pitch Sunnis against Shias in strange ways. Khominite zeal scared and startled the Sunni Peninsular Arabs. Soviet invasion provided Saudis a golden chance to paly out their Wahabist fantasy of jihad against an atheist super power.Eventually the two mutually repulsive fantasies pitched Shias against Sunnis in our region and the bolt actually fell upon Shia Hazaras in Afghanistan, in Quetta and elsewhere inside Pakistan. In a short while we will see how, but before that a bit of historic perspective is in order.

      Hazaras had been truly the proverbial children of a lesser God in our region. Anywhere else in the world they could have been a power house of industry, culture, education and great civic sense.In other words they are a potential engine of tremendous social uplift.They are descendents of Mongol warriors who were accompanied by their Eurasian households when Chengiz Khan laid siege to Bamyan in 1221.After its capture they settled down and proliferated . Their robust resistance to assimilation into Afghan melting pot of races has turned out to be their biggest but unintended  fatal fault.

      Babur,the Mughal Emperor had noted Hazaras inhabiting Hazarajat west of Kabul as far as Ghor, Ghazni and Quetta in 16th century. That was just about the time when under Safavid influence they converted to Shiism, a leap which unfolded dreadfully three centuries later.It was 1890 and fierce Amir Abdur Rehman ruled over Afghanistan. Hazaras decided to side with the King’s rebel cousin. They were routed .Their men were imprisoned, , many were brutally executed and properties confiscated arbitrarily. The atrocities continued forcing Hazaras to revolt again in 1892 and yet again in 1893.Amir’s retribution was swift, barbaric and bloody. Thousands of Hazara men, women and children were sold off as slaves in the markets of Kabul and Qandhar.

      Amir Abdur Rahman’s relentless repression firmly sowed the seed of abiding hatred between Hazaras and Afghans for all times to come.Thirty five thousand families fled to Northern Afghanistan, Mashad and Quetta displacing almost 60 % of the whole ethnic population. Short of Partition , this should be the most horrific exodus of an entire people in the region’s history. Hazaras had finally and decisively become unwelcome among Afghans, particularly  Pushtuns on three counts. They came as conquerors and settled down on prime lands in Hazarajat .Much against the Sunni mass preference they converted to Shiism thus permanently creating a pro Iran enclave dangerously close to the Pushtun seat of power in Kabul. Lastly they kept their distinct identity and never assimilated. As a rule history does not forget nor forgives collective mistakes made by the races or nations which confront them eventually and draws retribution, often horrible.


      When Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979, the society quickly disintegrated into a number of resistance groups, disjointed and disparate. While most of the Pushtun resistance regrouped in Pakistan for a guerilla war ,Hazaras reached out to Iran which effectively disentitled them to material and financial help from US-Saudi- Pakistani troika. However by 1984 determined Hazaras liberated Hazarajat with Iranian help much before the displaced Pushtuns could reclaim any significant territory inside Afghanistan. They went on to align themselves with what came to be later known as Northern Alliance. Thus got  planted in a hostile politico-military camp against Taliban/Pushtuns. Taliban extracted their gory revenge by butchering Hazaras in Hazarajat and Mazar e Sharif when they came to power in 1994.More migrated to Quetta. Tragic but bound errors were piling up in a conspiracy of manslaughter against hazaras.

      Meanwhile in Pakistan late Zia sponsored vile Shia-Sunni divide had become bloody and militant. Sipah e Sahaba( Lashkar e Jhangvi’s mother root) and Sipah e Mohammad had already arrayed against each other country wide and were contaminating the whole society. As a result persecuted and hunted Hazaras were not to have safety in Pakistan too.

      Taliban were defeated and dispersed by US forces in 2002 with the help of Northern Alliance and forced to seek refuge in their old haunts in FATA and Quetta Valley. That united the deadly ire of Afghan Taliban with that of hostility to Shias by Lashkar e Jhangvi.Hazaras in Quetta were an easy and  hapless prey in their miserable  and isolated refuge with no where to go from there. This was a very unfortunate coincidence of circumstances and utter oppression of history against Hazaras, completely and criminally missed by the governments in Pakistan. Simultaneously Hazaras were unable to apply course corrections to their centuries old ethnic orientation. Meanwhile for the successive civil and military federal governments in Islamabad, Balochistan had become a political and administrative back water unworthy of any serious,long term attention. For this national myopia and culpable neglect we are going to pay a horrendous price as much more is still to come .Sorrowfully no lessons seem to have been learnt. Of this  extensive national criminality, abandoning Hazaras to  defend themselves against the unholy alliance of blood thirsty Taliban and the  sectarian blind bats  is but one element .Thus it seems the stage was set for a fresh round of Hazara persecution, this time in Pakistan.

      Deobandi militants and sectarian killers began to infiltrate into Balochistan setting up bases at strategic locations while the weak kneed administrations , both at federal and provincial levels either acquiesced or simply colluded. Another unfortunate factor that added to the deadly brew has been that these sectarian barbarians were able to prevail upon secular minded Brahvis to join their evil fold and began to operate from their areas with an unprecedented liberty of action. There is reported to be a Middle East funded Madrassa of radicals right at the mouth of the Mastung valley just as one exits Lak Pass.This  sectarian rattle snake pit is most likely responsible for  firing squad like repeated executions of Hazara pilgrims travelling in buses through Mastung plain, to and from Iran in the recent past.

      Continued Afghan war glued US and West’s focus to Afghanistan.That naturally drew their attention , among other things, to the sad plight of Hazaras in and around Afghanistan. They were quick to realize that Hazaras were not only hunted for their ethnicity and religion but  were also geographically  locked in.That meant their extermination was almost guaranteed. Pakistan ,their foster country had already achieved the dubious distinction of being minority intolerant as a result of  venom spewed by Zia’s  mad mullahs. Hindus were slowly migrating to India and Ahmadis to Canada and US, but Hazaras had practically nowhere to go. This must have caused a powerful pull on the West’s collective conscience and mercifully they opened their doors to this  talented but threatened race. Today Hazara diaspora is found in US, UK, Australia, Iran, New Zealand, Sweden and Norway.

      While travelling to Malaysia in 2011 I touched down at Bangkok airport. There in the departure lounge I found a bunch of Hazara families awaiting flight to Australia. All ages of men ,women and children huddled together in a palpable suppression .They sat there with a sense of relief but their faces were still distressed . Their body language was that of disbelief, apprehension and caution. Their glances betrayed the pain and pangs of years of persecution, killings and displacement. But also a longing for a secure future in an alien land. I could well be imagining too much but that is how I sensed what they must have felt. Quietly I bade them farewel and a safe journey into an uncertain future in a kindly Australia. Once there ,they are not going to be the same ever, but will surely enrich the Australian society.

      With the exodus of this hardy, neat and sociable people will also depart our already bankrupt constitutional, moral and human responsibility to protect and help our fellow citizens regardless of their race and creed. Our unpardonable insensitivity and acute lack of courage to stand up against the sectarian monsters and Taliban demagogues is chronic and sickening. These daisy cutters will soon turn inwards and then fence sitters like us and those feeling  otherwise cozy will also be cut down as mercilessly as Hazaras today. These wild beasts  have got used to spectacular massacres like the ones they perpetrated against Hazaras at Alamdar Road last month and in Hazara Town on 17th Februry.They would sadistically like to re enact where possible.

      In this  hugely sorry state of affairs , conduct most unbecoming had been that  of the provincial government and in that its insane looking ex Chief Minister whose brain seemed as incoherent as was his speech. This man had been a patently deplorable character who had literally thrown the whole province to the wolves. He seemed to have no love lost for Hazaras and non locals and made no visible attempt to protect either. There could be nothing more heartless than his infamous remark when asked why wouldn’t he return to Quetta from London when bereaved Hazaras in Quetta were sitting in protest under the open skies along with close to a hundred dead bodies slain in a terrorist attack at Alamdar Road. The going temperature in Quetta then was nearly sub zero and weather bone soaking rainy. He replied ‘I can only send them tissue papers to wipe their tears’ or such words. This awfully ridiculous man epitomizes our own pathological national insensitivity.

      Has anyone ever bothered to listen to the very strong hum in the crowd  which seems to say that for every other kidnap for ransom and forcible occupation of property in Quetta the trail invariably leads to Raisanis. It was also a common knowledge that the CM’s kinsmen were running Kangaroo courts to settle ,for a hefty sum, disputes of property, inter family feuds and shady business transactions in and around Quetta. The crowd  also disdainfully  questions how the palatial houses  came up with in last five years inside the otherwise humble Raisani compound? Who in his right mind could expect these robber barons to protect life and property of already besieged Hazaras?? ThePakistani  State had lost its moral authority to rule long ago when it abdicated her constitutional responsibilities to the likes of Raisanis and knelt before the Lashkar e Jhangvi  barbarians.

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      The Truthers of Pakistan

       By HUMA YUSUF

      Editors’ Note Appended

      LONDON — As the security situation in Pakistan continues to deteriorate, trading conspiracy theories has become the new national pastime. Nothing is more popular on the airwaves, at dinner parties or around tea stalls than to speculate, especially about American activities on Pakistani soil.

      According to many Pakistanis, the C.I.A. used a mysterious technology to cause the devastating floods that affected 20 million people in 2010. Washington had the teenage champion for girls’ education, Malala Yousafzai, shot as part of a campaign to demonize the Pakistani Taliban and win public support for American drone strikes against them. The terrorists who strike Pakistani targets are non-Muslim “foreign agents.” Osama bin Laden was an American operative.

      The Pakistani penchant for conspiracy theories results from decades of military rule, during which the army controlled the media and the shadowy Inter-Services Intelligence agency controlled much of everything else. The lack of transparency and scarcity of information during subsequent democratic rule has further fueled rumors.

      Mostly, however, conspiracy theories persist because many turn out to be true.

      A few years ago, Pakistan’s independent media denounced the presence in Pakistan of C.I.A. agents and private security firms like Blackwater. While U.S. and Pakistani government officials denied any such infiltration, private television channels broadcast footage of the homes of Westerners, allegedly Blackwater agents. One right-wing newspaper, The Nation, even named one Wall Street Journal correspondent as a C.I.A. spy, forcing him to leave the country. (The allegation was false, and the reporter now works for The New York Times.)

      For a time liberal Pakistanis condemned this as a witch hunt and decried poor journalistic ethics. But soon the international media disclosed that Blackwater was in fact operating in Pakistan at an airbase in Baluchistan used by the C.I.A.

      Then it was revealed that the American citizen who shot and killed two Pakistanis in Lahore in January 2011 — an American diplomat, the U.S. government claimed initially — turned out to be a C.I.A. agent, just as many conspiracy theorists had surmised.

      And what about those U.S. drone strikes targeting militants in Pakistan’s tribal belt? It turns out those suspicious Pakistanis were right to imagine that their own government was complicit. That became clear when, in November 2011, to protest a NATO airstrike that killed Pakistani soldiers near the border with Afghanistan, the Pakistani government ordered the C.I.A. to leave the Shamsi airbase in Baluchistan, from where the drone attacks were being launched.

      ZHOther rumors concern India, Pakistan’s long-time rival. Zaid Hamid, a jihadist-turned-policy analyst, alleges that the Indian spy agency R.A.W.funds and arms the Pakistani Taliban. Some Pakistani officials accuse New Delhi of facilitating the separatist insurgency in Baluchistan.

      This paranoia was confirmed this week by Chuck Hagel, the new U.S. secretary of defense. A video clip from 2011 that circulated during his confirmation hearings shows Hagel claiming that India uses Afghanistan as a “second front” against Pakistan and “has over the years financed problems for Pakistan on that side of the border.”Hagel

      The allegation outraged the Indian government and undermined liberal Pakistanis who believe India wants a stable Pakistan and support improved bilateral ties. Meanwhile, of course, it validated those conspiracy mongers who have long warned that India wants to culturally subsumecolonize or destroy Pakistan.

      Huma Yusuf is a columnist for the Pakistani newspaper Dawn and was the 2010-11 Pakistan Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.

      Editors’ Note: March 1, 2013

      This version of the post clarifies that the allegations made by a Pakistani newspaper that a Wall Street Journal reporter was a C.I.A. spy were false.

      ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: http://latitude.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/28/the-truthers-of-pakistan/

      Vote To Build Nation

      A Pakpotpourri Exclusive 


      Waheed Hamid

      atm-voting-786071The Supreme court decision to award voting rights to Pakistanis living abroad is a step in right direction but possession and casting of voting right are two separate issues. The huge gathering of people on call of Imran and Tahir-ul –Qadri indicate an emerging and growing group of people who want a change. A change in agenda, a leadership which can lead them on path of Nation building and reject all those forces who have been part of self, institution and party building. There has been lot of debate on performance of politicians, Army, judiciary and  beauracracy, the main stake holders in past and their shortfalls have been amply discussed.  However, there has been negligible effort on highlighting any  achievement  which has made us survive for the last seven decades in what ever form we exist today. The phenomenon of blame game further flourished in vibrant media environment forcing many stake holders to play strictly defensive. The ones who were required to come out in aid of Nation building have become cautious with each stake holder leaving Nation building endeavors for the other to execute under fear of media criticism. History has proved time and again that progress lies in learning lessons from both negativity and positivity of the past. A quote from Roman philosopher  Cicero in 55 BC would tell us what history has for us but only if we want to learn, he said  “The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.”  Pakistan stands today in state of despondency mainly due to crisis of responsibility and leadership in most of the state organs. This difficult time does not only require patriotic but competent and bold leadership.

      Governance in Turkey and its trend of continuous progress has serious lessons for us. They have established a clear relationship between progress and criticism. The political government delivered and surpassed all bench marks achieved by the non political  setups before they came out to criticize them. This provided a natural high moral ground to them to implement their decisions. The strategy of submission of our institutions and their efforts to remain away from politics with a view to provide space for development of democracy is a welcome step, however  at this point Pakistan still awaits to taste any worthwhile fruit for our Nation Building.   The latest Gallup survey says, Pakistanis’ trust in civilian government has nosedived and this remains the most important issue to be addressed.

      Future of Pakistan now largely depends on the credibility and fairness of oncoming elections. The people have to deliver and ensure selection of the best possible patriotic and competent leaders. At this juncture along with the politicians the role of institutions and organs of the government is equally important. Where it is constitutional duty of judiciary to ensure that all institutions play their role within ambit of constitution and support the electoral process, it is moral obligation on part of  other organs and institutions to fully support this Nation building event.  The significance of these elections is much more than the natural and artificial calamities of floods , earthquake , terrorist attacks and other nation building projects where the institutions have been playing a role. The politicians, civil society, media and the government should take measures to ensure maximum turnout. The institutions which have to remain non political and yet support election have an uphill task but where there is will there is a way. Firstly, they must recognize that they themselves comprise of a huge vote bank themselves. There is a need to ensure that its own employs are motivated and facilitated to cast their vote . The government employees who get their earning from the money collected from  tax certainly have more responsibility towards accomplishment of voting as a nation building task.  Secondly , this vote bank which has a better education level be used to educate others to maximize cast of  votes in National interest.

      Finland was the first nation in the world to give all citizens the right to vote and to run for office (in 1906). New Zealand was the first country in the world to grant all citizens the right to vote (in 1893), but women did not get the right to run for the election until 1919. Let Pakistan emerge the first country  in the world of democracies which took  practice of voting as a Nation Building task. The time has changed, mostly people call this a defining moment in our history. The regional and global environment demands a bold and out of box decisions coming from leadership at all levels. All efforts of the non political leadership must be seen largely in support of Pakistan and not in short term benefits for support of personality, party or institution.  The support of constitution in letter and spirit is of more importance than just reading the written lines . The energies need to focus on how we can increase the comfort level of Pakistanis and  guarantee them that their vote matters, their vote is counted, and that in the voting booth, their vote has a weight as that of any one at the highest portfolio.

      Pakistan’s Death Trap?

      Brig Samson Simon Sharaf (R)

      SamsonBy the time Pakistan’s present Parliament hangs its gloves, the economy will be in a tailspin. Barring untoward incidents that may cause a delay in the forthcoming election schedules, the presentation of the financial budget 2012-13 will be left to a new care taker government, in all probability an extension of the economic team already in place. Deprived of time and on-job expertise, it will be an uphill assignment to make major readjustments to an economy already melted and sunk.

      The Debt Trap

      The first challenge for the caretakers and the new government that comes to power after the elections will be the debt trap. Debt mismanagement by the present government during its tenure needs to be marked with five black stars. From 2008 to 2012, Pakistan’s total debt has jumped from Rs 6,037 billion to Rs. 12,002 Billion, a walloping 108% nearly doubling all that Pakistan borrowed in 61 years. This unprecedented borrowing was cleverly folded into the misleading term of Debt-GDP Ratio.

      The government borrowed recklessly from external sources only to waste away into a completely mismanaged and corrupt system The benefits of this inflow could not be passed on to the people. External borrowing increased from Rs. 2,762 billion in the first 61 years to Rs. 4,364 billion in the past four years, an increase of 65%. As a departure from its Debt-GDP Ratio mantra adopted in the past, the government now appears to point realistically towards revenue generation capacity, forex reserves and export earnings. Given that Pakistani currency in the same period has shed 31 rupee against the dollar, this amount will continue to rise. As an option the government will borrow to pay loans. Another option would be to increase Pakistan’s exports and drastically cut out the import bills. In view of the recession, energy crisis, high cost of transportation and a big part of value added exports shifted to other countries, this is impossible unless the environments improve over successive years.

      Government domestic borrowing during the same period has jumped by 133% from Rs. 3,275 Billion to Rs. 7,638 Billion. This has been at the cost of private sector that has not been permitted to grow besides other factors that discourage investments and entrepreneurship. This has led to high levels of inflation and devaluation of the rupee against the dollar. Pakistan’s debt trap is complete.

      The fact that despite its charter, the governor of the central bank is a political appointee lacking the wherewithal to challenge the government’s policy impacts particularly on the banking sector that can now ensure a bigger say in the government’s decision making by becoming a major stake holder. Effects of these strains on the public money are visible in the interest rates and cash starvation for local industries.


      Where has this amount of Rs. 5965 Billion borrowed by the government till June 2012 gone? As an estimate, this government has borrowed Rs. 33,139 against every Pakistani. Overall, it places every citizen of the country under a debt of Rs. 72,000 likely to grow by June 2013. Devaluation compounds debt. The situation forced a British MP to comment on the viability of donating tax money to a country whose majority of parliamentarians do not pay taxes. Chairman NAB commented that Pakistan looses Rs.6-8 Billion on daily basis to corruption. He has also alluded to recovering trillions of rupees in his leaked letter to the Presidency. This amounts to Rs. 2190-2920 billions per annum, many times more that Pakistan’s combined debt in the past four years. Why is the chief whip of Pakistan’s anti corruption campaign constrained to tame this huge corruption cycle, particularly to redeem his record as a soldier of integrity and high honour and someone who always stood up for civil liberties?

      It appears that everything is worked to a plan. All appointees of constitutional positions have been appointed belatedly and in fits and starts after filling the lower positions with political appointees and moles. So once these apparently aging and honest heads are appointed, the pressures so generated are too much for them to absorb. Controversies are then generated through disinformation and selective leakages to create an inaction that suits the powers that be. As a result, entire organizations with constitutional mandates have become contentious. National Accountability Bureau and Election Commission of Pakistan are two prominent case studies. Tainted and harmfully suggestive information leaked to media invariably tempts it into hot breaking news and telemarketing. As a result, monuments of inertia and engines of corruption manage to shift the attention of the people to a point away from the eye of the storm. Just like the Chairman CEC, the Chairman of NAB has also contended that faced by corruption within, they alone are unable to act as Lone Rangers for the aspirations of the people.

      With the figures quoted above, where is the Federal Board of Revenue and Provincial Revenue Departments? The fact is that they have miserably failed to bring tax evasion and non documentation to the book. They neither have the desire nor the will to book these huge slippages because of rampant corruption at all tiers. Sales Tax rather than become a Value Addition for documentation has been reduced to a consumer unfriendly levy used to bloat tax collection figures. Why is a country that cedes Rs. 2190-2920 billions per annum to corruption be unable to collect enough revenue to stabilize its budgetary deficits and currency?


      It has always been maintained in these columns that Pakistan’s energy crises are artificial and selectively generated to exercise a deflationary control over Pakistan’s economy. This is what happened when in 2007, fuel subsidies were removed and circular debts allowed to pile. Pakistan’s growing economy was halted in tracks and manipulated to recede.

      As a tip of the iceberg, a few months back, NAB succeeded in blocking the scandalous agreement of $5 billion between PSO and Bakri Trading Company over import of furnace oil. This commodity is utilized by the entire industry and IPPS that generate electricity. Any swing in the prices of this commodity has a direct effect on the consumers due to the pricing mechanism of OGRA. Considering that this was just one deal that caught the eye of NAB, it can be assumed that many more skeletons can be brought out of the cupboard. Lt. General (Retired) Shahid Aziz’ disclosures on media and his book  about a proverbial PSO investigation that broke the back of the camel is set to open a Pandora’s Box on the activities of the manipulated energy sector.

      Pakistan State Oil is Pakistan’s largest energy company currently engaged in the import, marketing and distribution of products including fuels, petrochemicals and lubricants. It controls 78.2 % of the entire Pakistani black oil market and 54.3% share in the white oil market. Hence when PSO moves, the entire country shudders.

      PSO has grown since 1974 through merger of Pakistan National Oil, Dawood Petroleum Limited and Premiere Oil Company to its present shape in 2004. As a government controlled autonomous organization, its role and efficiency is crucial to Pakistan’s energy sector eclipsing the two arms of the Sui Gas companies and Pakistan Petroleum Limited. Being the sole importer of petro chemicals, fuel and byproducts, its ability to negotiate pricing mechanisms at source and dissipate the same to its clients and consumers is therefore worth a scrutiny. Corruption can only work in concert with local refineries, petro chemical producers and OGRA. It is clear as daylight that the Ex Chairman NAB during his tenure had dared to look into these affairs to which Shaukat Aziz was very sensitive.

      There are many mechanisms from imports to distribution including local products that can be brought into question regarding PSO. The entire cabal of cartels will need to be investigated. Outside experts and sources inside NAB believe that a complete investigation into this holiest of holy cow could result in misappropriations and recovery of over 30 Trillion Rupees. It is only then that an approximate slippage of Rs. 3,000 billion as opined by Chairman NAB begins to make sense. Hence the logic of multi dimensional pressures generated against Chairman NAB through diverse sources.

      For any caretaker or interim government in Pakistan, debt trap, corruption and the energy sectors should be the main priorities. In the interim, the Supreme Court and Civil Society should put all its weight behind NAB to provide relief to an honest man trapped in alligator infested waters. Pakistan’s recovery could then be a matter of months.

      Brigadier (Retired) Samson Simon Sharaf is a political economist and a television anchorperson.

      Infighting Extremism & India.

      This is a Pakpotpourri Exclusive

      By Waheed Hamid

      india-flag-jpgThe Indian society leaps towards more understanding of human values and truth as it  matures its democratic culture after lapse of almost seven decades of its birth.  The uncultured ideology of having no ethics in war and enmity was rationalized and the civilization developed with expansion of space for Human Rights , ethics , rule of law and morality.  The developed world came up with rules for every game including war and the rights for prisoners. Most of this was refined and formalized by the culture of democracy. This culture has been tailored by conscience Indian writers, politicians, officials along with human rights organizations who keep raising their voices whenever they can in restricted environment of Hindu extremism. The strength, power  and control of extremist elements at times force the pillars of state to act on their demand .Recently,  Indian Prime Minister threatened Pakistan after the firing incident on LoC resulting in deaths of soldiers from both sides. Pakistan said unprovoked Indian firing has resulted in death of three Pakistani soldiers where as India blamed Pakistan for killing and mutilating the bodies of its two soldiers. Indian PM warned Pakistan of affected relations between two countries while talking in Jaypur he said “We have told Pakistan that this could affect bilateral relations. We want good ties, but Pakistan too needs to take steps in that direction. It is not possible just due to our efforts.”  All leaders of congress including Rahul Ghandi had to praise Manmohan Singh under extremist pressure. But brave writer like Karan Thapar wrote a thought provoking article in Hindustan Times. He questioned  the beheading and mutilation of an Indian soldier on the LoC even if it happened as per Indian claim. He writes that during a skirmish at Karnah, “Indian Special Forces responded by attacking a Pakistani forward post, killing several soldiers, and by the account of one military official which The Hindu could not corroborate independently, beheaded two.” What makes this claim credible is that it’s reported by military sources who not only ought to know but would not denigrate the reputation of Indian soldiers. He gives another evidence from an eye-witnesses Barkha Dutt who wrote  ‘Confessions of a War Reporter’, published in June 2001 by Himal, a well-known Nepalese magazine, Barkha Dutt recounted how she witnessed a decapitated Pakistani soldier’s head at Kargil.

      On the other hand Indian Interior Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde , has put serious blames on Hindu Extremist Organizations supporting Pakistani claims. He said that “We have report that training camps of BJP and RSS are promoting Hindu terrorism. Hindu extremist organizations recruit Armed People. We are closely watching it.” At the AICC session in Jaipur, Shinde had accused BJP and RSS of conducting terror training camps and promoting “Hindu terrorism”.  Another leader Vijay Singh said that BJP demanded concessions for Prohit and others involved in Samjhota Express blasts. “We want to ask Lal Krishan Advani  that he took delegation for following Prohit’s case to Dr Manmohan Singh, Sushmaa Suraj was also part of this delegation, they went to follow terrorists they should be answerable and sorry for it“.  Mani Shankar completely agreed to Interior minister and said,“ its good that interior minister himself told this as it is not something hidden, everybody knew it but no one had the courage to speak.” The extremists even force the sports and cultural events to function under their desire.

      Indian Kashmir, keeps suffering at the hands of  security forces. Meenakshi Ganguly, senior South Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch said that “It is extremely rare for the security forces in Kashmir to turn over one of their own to the civilian justice system,”. Over the past two decades, the conflict in Kashmir has left over 47,000 people dead by the official count. The Kashmir Solidarity Day is observed on 5 February each year since 1990 as a day of protest against unjustified Indian control. India has always denied the right of freedom to the innocent Kashmiri masses and tried to suppress their voice through extra judicial/mass killings, arbitrary arrests, ruthless and inhuman torture and sexual molestation using the instrument of Indian security forces. The evidence of unidentified mass graves in Kashmir is yet another dark chapter of human rights violations in IOK. To crush the Kashmiri movement, India has employed various techniques including black laws. Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act 1990 (TADA) and Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1990, (AFSPA) are enforced in Kashmir despite the fact that they contravenes the Indian Constitution and international law.  POTA empowers the authorities to hold the accused in detention for a period of 180 days without filing a charge sheet. The burden of proof lies on the accused and the prosecution can withhold the identity of witnesses. It also makes confessions made to the certain level of police officer admissible as evidence. These are all mind boggling illogical happenings but the path being set by maturing India leaves a ray of hope. The emerging vocal democratic elements of India and the world powers will have to stand for the human rights. They will have to see that slogan of bilateral solution should not become source of human sufferings.

      The UN resolutions on Kashmir adopted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter remain legally binding on the parties. Article 25 also reiterates their obligatory nature. The Security Council under the UN Charter has the power to enforce its decisions and resolutions militarily or by any other means necessary; the powers that it has used during the Korean War in 1950 and in Iraq and Kuwait in 1991. The debate of legal status and obligations of the parties to the dispute under UN resolutions and that of the Security Council to have its resolutions implemented must culminate. The hope of a prosperous future of Pakistan and India and this region largely depends on solution of Kashmir issue. The turning tides of Indian maturity must realize this and the world powers should facilitate to put an end to all types of extremism.

      India’s Cold Start Doctrine or Madness

      By Brig Imran Malik(Retd)

      _DSC0030India’s Cold Start Doctrine (CSD) is a Pakistan specific destruction oriented one essentially aimed at destroying Pakistan’s Armed Forces – its center of gravity. The Indians intend to inflict crippling degradation on them thus nullifying their viability as a competing and potent fighting machine.

      The Indian Armed Forces opted for the CSD in the backdrop of the failure of General Sunderji’s utopian plans to attack Pakistan South of the Sutlej, cut it into two and then defeat it in detail. Those plans faltered due to the pedantic Indian mobilization system and a resultant failure to achieve strategic surprise. This allowed Pakistan to mount its response and defeat Indian strategic designs in time and space. These failures were repeated later.

      The Indians thus needed a doctrine that would overcome these flaws, cut Pakistan to size before it could mount any meaningful (including nuclear) response and before the international community could intervene.

      Thus the CSD was born in 2004.

      The CSD stipulates that the Indian Armed Forces would launch synergetic joint operations in multiple thrusts (eight or so) on wide frontages. Each thrust will be launched by an Integrated Battle Group (IBG) comprising assorted combinations of armoured, mechanized, RAPID (Strike) divisions, independent armoured/mechanized/artillery/infantry brigade groups with supporting arms and services at compatible level. These IBGs would primarily be drawn from the Holding Corps (aka the Pivot Corps) up to two-thirds of their strength. Of their three Strike Corps the Indians are likely to employ at least two in these IBGs and retain one for strategic balance. Each IBG could thus muster strength of upto a Corps! These thrusts would be launched in conditions of complete air supremacy. The Indian Navy would conduct joint operations along the coastlines.

      The Indian Armed Forces would aim to achieve strategic surprise, generate unacceptably massive multidimensional firepower and achieve their deliberately shallow land objectives without breaching Pakistan’s nuclear threshold and well before Pakistan’s conventional responses materialize.

      A vast, multidimensional, modern and hi-tech arsenal is being collected, ostensibly in anticipation of India’s “anointed by the US role of a global super power,”  albeit its use against Pakistan is a foregone conclusion. If India wants to make any impact on the global level it must first free itself of this debilitating Pakistan Syndrome. To that end it must settle all its affairs with Pakistan including Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek, water, trade, et al. This will neutralize all the centripetal tugs and pulls that the strategic environment in South Asia keeps exerting on it and pegging it down in its search for extra regional and global relevance.

      However, India’s CSD is genetically flawed, predicated as it is upon outrageously fallacious assumptions.

      The Indians intend to achieve strategic surprise. Pakistan is aware of the threat and has already taken steps to thwart it. It has already given the necessary forward bias to its deployments and posture thus reducing its reaction time. Amongst other tangible measures it has also unveiled a hi-tech short range tactical nuclear missile (Nasr) specifically meant for such an eventuality.

      Further the CSD assumes that the Indian Armed Forces would be able to achieve their strategic objectives while remaining below Pakistan’s perceived nuclear threshold. This is an astonishing assumption! They can only stay below Pakistan’s nuclear threshold if they KNOW what, when and where it will be! And even if they knew where Pakistan’s military (and geographical, economic and political) threshold(s) of pain rested what guarantees do they have that these would not change during the course of the battle? These will fluctuate with the run of the battle and continuously create strategic uncertainties for India.

      The Indians further assume that the Pakistanis would not react strategically till its thresholds were actually threatened or breached. On the contrary the Pakistanis will definitely consider all possible operational contingencies, including pre-emptive ones. The conflict could thus arguably assume nuclear dimensions even before a single shot has been fired in anger. India’s misplaced bravado could thus have disastrous ramifications (strategic restraint -?) for the subcontinent and beyond!

      Further, India’s IBGs will attempt to overwhelm Pakistan’s defenses and its strategic responses at a very early stage in the battle. It is to be understood that Pakistan’s dependence on its nuclear assets is directly proportional to the differential in conventional forces of the two countries. In simple words, the larger the difference in the conventional forces of the two countries the greater will be Pakistan’s reliance on its nuclear arsenal. And the speed with which this difference in conventional forces starts becoming more and more tangible during battle, that much faster would Pakistan be forced to resort to its strategic assets. For Pakistan its nuclear arsenal acts as an equalisor – nullifying India’s conventional superiority in numbers and technology.

      Even Pakistan’s conventional responses will be force oriented too. Pakistan will cause unacceptable destruction and losses to the aggressor’s military potential through the adroit use of terrain and massive multidimensional firepower. That in turn would set India’s pretensions to global status back by a few decades if not more; ironically, that would be the very thing they would have set out to forestall in the first place!!

      The Indians seem to have misjudged Pakistan’s resolve as a nuclear power and the international community’s capacity to influence Pakistan when it is faced with existentialist threats. Nuclear weapons have actually introduced the balance of terror and mutually assured destruction (MAD) factors in the subcontinent. Both will act as the biggest deterrents to any impetuous, ill-conceived and militarily unsustainable expeditions emanating from the East. Pakistan’s declared nuclear policy needs to be heeded.

      Instead of wasting time, effort, money and resources in pursuit of clearly unattainable and unrealistic strategic goals, India should aim at reaping the peace dividends of our respective nuclear prowess. It must settle down and resolve all outstanding issues with Pakistan. It must not fall for the lure and illusions of promised or borrowed greatness!

      In all probabilities Pakistan would make such an adventure militarily, economically and politically unviable. India would be well advised to not start something it cannot control or finish effectively. The alternative will bring nothing but disaster for the region and the world at large.

      The author is a retired Brigadier and a former Defense Attache to Australia and New Zealand. Currently  he is a Faculty Member with NUST (NIPCONS).

      The article was directly sent to the Blog Moderator.

      TEXT of Letter by Chairman NAB to President Zardari.

      On 28th January 2013 Copy of the Letter by Chairman NAB was released to the Media- addressed to the President of Pakistan: 

      admiral_fasih_bokhari-nab_chairman-1Please accept my gratitude for supporting unhindered execution of my mandate. Large recoveries have been made (about Rs 25 Billion). The Prevention activity of focusing on the current procurement and projects of Rs. 1.5 Trillion to eliminate possible corrupt practices, and the disclosure of heavy daily wastage of revenue and state owned resources indicative of decade’s old systemic flaws is being addressed by the Government.
      However I write to you at a critical juncture in the history of our country when our people anxiously await free and fair elections. At this juncture all political players appear unanimous and united to respond to the aspirations of their countrymen. There is broad consensus that non political players must not be allowed to derail the political process. The Military has made its position clear and firmly stands with the people.
      I am constrained to observe and bring to your notice that the position of the Honorable Supreme Court, on this issue, remains clouded by actions that are bearing heavily on my mandate to strictly abide by the NAO in both letter and spirit, as the time for elections approaches.
      The clear line between the recognized authority of the Supreme Court to monitor NAB investigations to the limited extent of ensuring fair investigation, and itself becoming involved in guiding investigations, appears to be becoming breached as a norm as the elections near. Contempt notices, verbal orders that differ from written orders, and insufficient time to prepare numerous progress reports, are placing extreme pressure on NAB personnel who appear before the Honorable Judges. There is even a danger that NAB personnel could lose their independence and are unable to carry out their investigations in an independent manner due to the pressure being exerted on them by the Honorable Supreme Court to proceed along lines which seem to be desired by the SC. In relieving this pressure, to safeguard their jobs, and so as not to displease the Honorable Court, there is danger of unfair investigation being resorted to. This phenomenon is observable in the investigation of very senior politicians of the government where orders, to even arrest them, have been issued on investigation reports of regional investigators that had yet to reach the Executive Board Meeting at NAB Headquarters that is chaired by me. This could be construed as a clear violation of the powers of the Chairman NAB, and to some degree circumventing the NAO which I am required by law to follow. The NAO in my view as it remains law passed by Parliament represents the will of the people and as such I am bound to follow it. The National Accountability Ordinance mandates that no reference can be filed until I have been allowed to exercise my mind, and decide that a clear case of criminality has been made out. I would be failing in my statutory duty if I shirk from upholding the law that I am mandated to protect. Let me assure you, Mr. President that I will not flinch from prosecuting whosoever may be identified as having committed a criminal act under the National Accountability Ordinance. All are equal before the law. The nation expects that there be no sacred cows, nor raging bulls.
      I am constrained to also bring to your notice the revolt within NAB, clearly abetted by a certain section of the media that used the sad demise of Mr. Kamran Faisal to vilify me and some senior NAB officers. This section of the media appears to be acting as an intelligence unit influencing the public, and possibly influencing certain members of the judiciary. Long standing “stay” on taxes to be paid by this media house appears to be relevant also.This campaign, in which the role of the Honorable Supreme Court appears evident, is placing great pressure on me to please the Honorable Supreme Court in what could be seen as pre-poll rigging, and hurried unlawful action on my part.
      Mr. President, I resigned my commission as Chief of the Naval Staff just prior to a Military coup rather than violate my oath to the Constitution. I was part of The Pakistan Ex Servicemen Association contingent that came on the streets protesting against the infamous 3rd November Emergency, and later for the movement for independence of the Judiciary. It is a sacred duty of every Pakistani to uphold, be guided by, and fiercely protect the Law and Constitution.
      I fear that in the current direction that the Honorable Supreme Court appears to be taking, I will not be able to perform my independent statutory role. This situation needs to be addressed firmly in line with the aspirations of the people, and the clear mandatory provisions of the Law and the Constitution.

      Although not directly within my mandate, as a citizen I am concerned about the current priority vital national interest (VNI) of achieving national cohesion before being able to address lower priority VNI such as HDI, Economic acceleration, infrastructure development, etc. Relevant state institutions must look carefully at the possible role of members of the judiciary, and a section of the media, in undermining state institutions, and the confidence of the people in the state itself.

      The Ombudsman offices were established to also address human rights issues. The need to allow the Honorable SC to be diverted from its prime roles as the final Appellate and Constitutional Court may need to be addressed since ability to take Suo Moto notice of human rights cases can become an open license to undermine government, and may be taking time away from addressing the issues of judicial management of the current huge pendency of cases in our courts. In the absence of timely justice the people are forced to take the law into their own hands and their anger becomes focused on their governments. The essence of law is to provide a moral benchmark to society. That benchmark is sadly being lost by a judiciary that may be fast losing its own moral authority by relying on the contempt law, media, street power of lawyers, and unchecked violations of the Supreme Court Judges code of conduct.

      For the well being of our people justice must be ensured, while protecting them from those who would callously allow “the heavens to fall”. Should these issues not be addressed expeditiously I will regretfully be forced to tender my resignation.

      Dismantling Pakistan:Game On Hai…

      By Brig Samson Sharaf(R)

      The appointment of John Brennan as CIA chief is a reward for his role in Salala and Abbottabad. Washington will use John Kerry as a lollypop while it coerces Pakistan from all sides.

      On the same day that terrorist bombings ripped through Quetta and Swat, killing more than a hundred Pakistani citizens, a retired officer of Pakistan Army published a prescient analysis of the effort to slowly dismantle Pakistan– or ‘deconstruct’ it, in the officer’s own words.

      The op-ed by retired Brigadier Simon Samson Sharaf in The Nation discussed the ‘Long March’ by Dr. Tahir Qadri, the bombings, Pakistani elections and the new appointments of US secretary of defense and Director Central Intelligence Agency and what they mean for Pakistan. Here’s a quick look on his insightful take on those issues.


      Sharaf says that Elections 2013 in Pakistan will be highly influenced by American meddling in the hope that the new government formed after the election will be a fresh version of the pro-US government of President Zardari with the MQM and ANP as coalition partners, possibly peppered with some new faces as cosmetic change:

      “Elections in Pakistan favorable to US policies in the region are crucial to US interests in the region. As discussed earlier in these columns, the US in the past with help from the Pakistani establishment succeeded to influence electoral results in its favor. This means coalescing and backing a group of apparently liberal, secular, anti-right, progressive, tolerant inclusive groups. The most obvious choice is the continuation of the NRO coalition boosted with a few old and new rising political stars.”

      Sharaf hints at the foreign links of Dr. Qadri, and raises a question on the role of the Sharifs, asking whether the family will join the NRO bandwagon or reconcile with foes like PTI for Pakistan’s interests:

      “It also appears that the new scene of destabilization and agitations will focus on Punjab, the Clausewitzian center of gravity of Pakistan. If this is not the case, then why all long marches must begin from Lahore and not Karachi. Much will depend on how Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz reacts to this scenario? Will it like the NRO, join the bandwagon or will it as a reassertion of patriotism hold out an olive branch in the best interests of the country to its political opponents who do not share the American dream?”

      Sharaf says bad governance is destroying Pakistan from the inside while terrorist agents of external powers destabilize the country. He stops short of openly accusing India of having a hand in most terrorism inside Pakistan:

      “The de-construction of the state through bad governance, faulty policies, use of proxies and non-state actors will continue. These are the auxiliary operations to eat the state from within like a moth. This reminds me of my favorite strategist Chanakya Kautilya, who said that to dismember a state, it is best to get into the very womb and disembowel it. This is what is happening to Pakistan.”

      Interestingly, two days after The Nation published this op-ed, British-based chief of MQM launched a diatribe against Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and tried to tarnish the image of the revered leader of Pakistan Independence Movement. Sharaf returned to the online page of the op-ed to write that Altaf Hussain’s remarks were part of the effort to dismantle Pakistan:

      “Altaf’s promised drone on Qaid-e-Azam is one of the demonic portals on deconstruction of Pakistan.”

      He says the chances of proxy wars by enemies against Pakistan are enhanced by the fact that we possess nuclear weapons:

      “Pakistan’s security planners realize that the nuclear capability minimizes the risk of a conventional conflict with India and enhances the probabilities of proxy wars. In fact, it has been asserted in these columns for many years that Pakistan is under siege through economic hit-men, diplomatic adventurists and non-state actors for a very long time. With the military inextricably involved in counter-terrorism operations and the limited capability of law enforcement agencies, it will be a nightmare to control the mushrooms of rising levels of violence. The use of remote control detonations in Karachi and Balochistan is a reminder that either the militants are changing their tactics or new ones have entered the melee.”


      Sharaf says the recent CIA drone attacks on two pro-Pakistan militants in FATA raises eyebrows and indicates that American post-withdrawal planning probably goes beyond Afghan borders to include Pakistan:

      “Though Pakistan, as suggested in these columns, has facilitated negotiations by releasing some Afghan Taliban, it appears that either the USA wants Pakistan to ‘do more’ or that its objectives relate to a scenario beyond Afghanistan. It is interesting to note that in two recent incidences of drone attacks the USA has targeted Mullah Nazir and Waliur Rehman Mehsud; two individuals challenging Hakimullah Mehsud of TTP in the Fata region. As the withdrawal timeframe closes, the USA will not hesitate to use its relatively secure bases in Afghanistan for ‘Cold Start Operations’ inside Pakistan. The civil unrest and failure of state institutions is designed to give an impetus to instability in Pakistan and, therefore, completion of USA’s agenda in the region.”


      Sharaf says the appointment of Chuck Hagel as US Defense Secretary would mean an increase in the chances that Washington will try to ‘co-opt’ Iran and exploit the Pakistani-Iranian divergence on the future role of Afghan Taliban in Afghanistan. Sharaf predicts that Washington will try to use Iran to limit Pakistani influence in Afghanistan:

      “The new team that President Barack Obama has appointed is diverse in nature. The main focus seems to be Middle East and Pakistan. Its composition and frame of reference is obvious in its structural threat. Chuck Hegel, the newly appointed Defense Secretary, is known for his strong positions on Israel and soft stance on Iran. As the top man of National Security, his appointment means that work on co-opting Iran in the Middle East (Iraq, Syria and Lebanon) and post-withdrawal Afghanistan is already well on its way. The USA will also exploit differences between Pakistan and Iran over the Afghan Taliban to counter Pakistan’s influence north of Kandahar. In AfPak, the Secretary of Defense will play minion to the State Department and CIA.”

      The appointment of John Brennan as CIA director, says Sharaf, could be a reward for his role not just in executing the Abbottabad attack but also a reward for the Salala attack of November 2011 where 25 Pakistani soldiers were hunted down by American commandos in a two-hour battle:

      “Appointment of the old CIA veteran John Brennan as head of CIA is a reward for his planning of the Abbottabad Raid, handling of the Arab Spring operations, targeted killings in Yemen, enhanced and crueler interrogation techniques and, perhaps, also Salala. His appointment is an explicit message to Pakistan’s security establishment about the levels of ruthlessness and violence the USA could go to in pursuit of its objectives in the region. The appointment also means that the major feature of operations in AfPak will be higher intensity intelligence-led sting, covert, drone and military operations in tandem with Pakistan’s internal instability.”

      Will John Kerry play a balancing role in Pak-American relationship? Not so, says Sharaf. Kerry will only ‘placate’ and ‘persuade’:

      “John Kerry, apparently soft on Pakistan, will be used to placate and persuade within the construct of a compellence strategy framed to make a constantly under pressure Pakistan, pliable and compliant. This strategy is considered most appropriate to control and subsequently defang a nuclear Pakistan without resorting to the dangerous and flat trajectory of a nuclear escalation. Compellence methods will involve diverse trajectories of violence, drones, economics, diplomacy, internal instability, unrest in Balochistan and mundane propaganda against Pakistan Army.”

      A cross post: http://paknationalists.blogspot.com/2013/01/brig-sharaf-on-dismantling-pakistan.html

The Phenomena Of Four Blood Moons And The Land Of Israel.

In the creation of the heavens and earth, and the alternation of the night and day, and the ships which sail the seas to people’s benefit, and the water which Allah sends down from the sky – by which He brings the earth to life when it was dead and scatters about in it creatures of every kind – and the varying direction of the winds, and the clouds subservient between heaven and earth, there are Signs for people who use their intellect. (Surat al-Baqara: 164)

Allah clearly orders us to think, but unfortunately the stress of our Muslims religious scholars and our Muslim brothers on other things which caused us now the disaster of our Muslim world. It has many reasons but I will explain latter in this article and now I quote more verses of Quran which dealt with thinking:-

It is He Who stretched out the earth and placed firmly embedded mountains and rivers in it and made two types of every kind of fruit. He covers over day with night. There are Signs in that for people who reflect.


               Haji Muhammad Din Chaudhry Agriculture & Fruit farms.

Title:of Al-Shahab-Enterprises (Sahiwal) Division; Demographic info: Pakistan | Farming. Current: Owner at Agriculturist And Fruit-farms Pakpattan,Pakistan.Today you might decide to clear out some of the clutter in your living space, Muhammad Tahir Din. It’s a good day to reorganize your home and add lighter, more positive energy to your environment. Pakistan becoming big name as fruit, vegetable processor.Punjab Minister for Agriculture Dr Farrukh Javed has said that the government wanted growers through its farmer friendly policies so as to achieve agricultural production targets. These little touches can really create a new feel in your home. Think about ways to generate an uplifting, fresh feeling in your space, and don’t be afraid to do something creative. Annoyances concerning money could be a major issue today. If you think spending too much money? Or are you?


     Provincial For Agriculture Dr. Farrukh Javed.

LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif giving away a cheque to Punja – TheNews International – Photo Gallery

LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif giving away a cheque to Punjab Health Minister Dr Farrukh Javed . . .

http://photos.thenews.com.pk/e_image_detail.asp?picId=79669 . . .



20141105_160013                  Haji Muhammad Din Chaudhry Agriculture & Fruit farms.

Allah Says again:-There are Signs in that for people who reflect. In the earth there are diverse regions side by side and gardens of grapes and cultivated fields, and palm-trees sharing one root and others with individual roots, all watered with the same water. And We make some things better to eat than others. There are Signs in that for people who use their intellect. (Surat ar-Ra’d: 3-4)


(President Pakistan Muslim League) (N) Khan-Imtiaz Ali Khan.. Pakpattan,    Imtiaz Ali Khan 190 K, Sahiwal Road Arif Wala District Pakpatan.


Haji Muhammad Din Chaudhry Agriculture & Fruit farms.

We gave Musa the Book after destroying the earlier nations, to awaken people’s hearts and as guidance and a mercy so that hopefully they would pay heed. (Surat al-Qasas: 43)

Why early nations were destroyed? Why they don’t pay heed to Allah’s guidance? Do we think as a Muslim we could even be successful while we all Muslims are failed in this world? I don’t think so but what western world is following now that they are now developed and well established states? While on the other hand Muslims are labeled as terrorists and fighting the final war of survival, look at Middle East? What is going on there? Why we always blamed western forces or Jews that they are playing games with us? They are having conspiracy against us? Why not we think that we are not following the exact message of Allah this is why we are fighting the last war of our survival. Many of my brothers and sisters will not agree with me that we are now in survival war, I invite them go search on Middle East and all Muslim World they will find out that I am right what I am saying, look at Pakistan? Fighting against Taliban , Saudi Arabia is now scared of its own so called proxy the caliphate of “Islamic State Of Iraq and Syria” also known by the Arabic acronym DAISH headed by Abu Bakr Baghdadi who claimed himself as new Khalifa. Why they are silent on Israelian aggression against Palestine? Why are they destroying the shrines of Prophets, The Companions of Holy Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be upon Him), Ahle Bait and other Sufi Imams and Saints, These questions need to be asked and also it clears that what their intentions are? So in short all Muslim World is now having war within us and against foreign elements.

The Phenomenon of Four Blood Moons and its History:- According to Wikipedia which says:- The Blood Moon Prophecy is an idea popularized by Christian pastors John Hagee and Mark Biltz, which states that an ongoing tetrad (a series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, with six full moons in between, and no intervening partial lunar eclipses) which began with the April 2014 lunar eclipse is a sign of the end times.

The idea of a “blood moon” serving as an omen of the coming of the end times comes from the Book of Joel, where it is written “the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes.”This phrase is again mentioned by Saint Peter Pentecost, as recorded in Acts.
On April 15, 2014, there was a total lunar eclipse. It was the first of four consecutive total eclipses in a series; known as a tetrad (the remaining three eclipses will take place on October 8, 2014, April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015). It is one of eight tetrads during the 21st century AD.As with most eclipses, the moon appeared red during the April 15 eclipse. The red color is caused by Rayleigh scattering of sunlight through the Earth’s atmosphere, the same effect that causes sunsets to appear red.

According to the article of Erick Stakelbeck CBN News Correspondent :-

Historic Significance. ISREAL GAZAIn the past, the rare appearance of four blood moons on these feast days has coincided with major events for Israel and the Jewish people.In 1492, Spain expelled the Jews. Columbus also discovered America, which became a safe haven for the Jewish people.
“In each of these blood moons, you have something that begins in tragedy and ends in triumph,” Hagee explained.
For instance, in 1948, Israel was reborn as a nation.”After 2,000 years, God supernaturally brought them from 66 nations and a nation was born in a day,” Hagee noted. “That again was a supernatural something that happened following the tragedy of the Holocaust.”In 1967, Israel won the Six-Day War and recaptured Jerusalem.
“For the first time in 2,000 years, Jerusalem and the State of Israel were together again,” Hagee said.
After explaining and quoting the phenomena of four blood moons now I would like to come on Zionism and Anti Zionism.

According to the Jewish Virtual Library

The term “Zionism” was coined in 1890 by Nathan Birnbaum. Its general definition means the national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel. Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Zionism has come to include the movement for the development of the State of Israel and the protection of the Jewish nation in Israel through support for the Israel Defense Forces.
According to Anti Zionist source they claim:

Zionism is a movement founded by Theodor Herzl in 1896 whose goal is the return of Jews to Eretz Yisrael, or Zion, the Jewish synonym for Jerusalem and the Land of Israel.The name of “Zionism” comes from the hill Zion, the hill on which the Temple of Jerusalem was situated.Supporters of this movement are called “Zionists”.

Who Are Anti Zionists:-
Anti-Zionism is opposition to Zionism, a nationalism of Jews that supports a Jewish nation state in the territory defined as the Land of Israel. In the modern era, Anti-Zionism is broadly defined as the opposition to the idea of an establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine, the opposition to some policies of Israel and its extension, or to the modern State of Israel as defined as A Jewish and Democratic State.(Wikipedia)

I can quote many more sources but now I conclude my article on a positive note that now we all Muslims should open the way of our thinking, open the way of education and think on different phenomena’s of this universe, work hard to stand as a nation within us. Then think for entire ummah !

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Important Request from Stan

June 25
Urgent Prayer Request from Billy Graham’s Daughter – HOLLY NOTE: A Net friend sent this alert and with her message came this short addition: On New Years day, about two years ago now, God gave me a dream that the Day of the Lord is approaching and confirmed it by directing me, when asked, to the book of Joel. God also confirmed it to Dr. Mike Evans, Jerusalem Prayer Team International, and at least two others. Now, God has shown the same thing to the daugher of Billy Graham who is responding by calling for 7 days of prayer and one day of fasting beginning July 1st this year. I would take this seriously – if you care for America. —NANSINGS@aol.com. “This is all about calling God’s people together to pray, before it’s too late, and judgment falls on our nation.” —Anne Graham-Lotz

June 24
Last Nail in the Coffin

June 17
The Coming War of Gog Magog
MAY 10
Earthquakes, Pestilences, and the Fulfillment of Scriptures

The Tribulation Saints Who Missed the Pre-Tribulation Rapture
Rick Wiles TruNews: America Is Egypt, Great Famine Is Coming – starts 12 min. in)

Be As Daniels

Great Rewards

APR 16
Jesus is Coming Soon! – We Are Living on Borrowed Time

APR 15
NBC Goes ‘Apocalyptic’ Over Sign in Sky

APR 14
First of 4 ‘Blood-Red’ Moons Will Occur on Tuesday
APR 10
Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial
Pursue Me
John Hagee: The Coming Four Blood Moons Pt 1, Pt 2, Pt 3 – HOLLY NOTE: Because this is so vital, we are posting another video on this topic. The first blood moon occurs Monday, April 15. These 4 moons will be seen sweeping parts of the globe. The first will be visible in North and South America and the Pacific. 3 a.m. on the East Coast and midnight on the West Coast. Each eclipse moves further west. The second will come on Oct. 8, 2014 and visible primarily by people in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The 3rd occurs on April 4, 2015 seen by people in western Asia. The last blood moon – a SUPER blood moon, will transpire on Sept. 28, 2015 and be visible to everyone in the Middle East, Africa, and Israel. Everybody gets a warning. Warnings coming with eclipses coming on Jewish feast days. Pastor Mark Blitz, who first discovered the correlation between blood moons and Jewish feasts – a most significant piece of the puzzle – says he expects 2 things to occur between April 15, 2014 and Sept 28, 2015: a global economic meltdown and a world war starting in the Middle East. Life-changing events most likely will not occur on the exact dates of these 4 rare events, but will be bracketed by them as Biltz explains has been done for many millennia dating back many years before Christ. I wish you could hear his presentation, but Coast To Coast AM copyrights all interviews and so far, no one has posted last night’s broadcast on YouTube. UPDATE: I wrote George Noory of Coast to Coast AM and his producer, Tom Danheiser, last night, April 8, requesting they make just this one program with Mark Biltz available for free. There was no response, which means “no”. Mark Biltz was at the forefront of this discovery in 2008 though many are doing a tag-along. This is his presentation from May 2013. You can also hear Mark Biltz on Prophecy in the News.
Increasing Earthquakes and Mid-East Prophecy Update

I Shall Send You a Sign in the Moons

Jacob’s Troubles Lion of Zion

Atlanta Will Burn: Part 1

MAR 31
What We Know: Prophecy Signs

MAR 27
Before All Hope Is Gone – Prophetic Word

MAR 26
No Time to Know Me

Is Psalm 83 Truly a Prophecy About an End Time War?

MAR 24
Prophecy Alert: River Zin Returning to the Desert in Israel After Years of Drought

Incredible Video Shows River Returning to the Desert in Israel After Years of Drought

A Vision: Moscow’s Plans Are on the Table

Gary Stearman Interviews Bill Koenig on Living with the Consequences of Dividing Israel

MAR 17
Reagan’s Prophetic Manifesto Pt 1, Pt 2

MAR 14
Tribulation Dream: The Angel of the Lord Over the Statue of Liberty
Winds of Judgment 

Urgent Warning: Summary of Judgment Events Coming

Vision of Terrorist Attack in Seattle, Washington – with Explosion in Downtown Seattle

MAR 10
The Ominous History of the Time Period Around April 19-20

4 ‘Blood-Red’ Total Lunar Eclipses Will Fall on Passover and Sukkot in 2014 and 2015, the Same Back-to-Back Occurrences at the Time of 1492, 1948 and 1967

Temple Mount Connected to Coming Blood Moon Tetrads

God Is Seeking a Holy Habitation

Was it a Dream or a Vision? You Be the Judge.
Enabling the Persecutors: Prophetic Implications – HOLLY NOTE: This is one of the most sobering videos ever produced. For Christians, the message underscores something we knew was coming for millennia, as prophesied throughout scripture. Now the final sign is in place – before End Time events begin in earnest. In retrospect, Katrina’s and Sandy’s will be viewed as a light spanking. Market crashes like 1929 will be comparatively happy times. As Believers, we know there are better times coming after breath-taking ugly events transpire – things people have ever encountered. From a human point of view, there will be a horrific interval to be feared and endured – for those that survive. It is one thing when a Country that is not Christian-based, turns its back on Jesus and God. It is an entirely different scenario when a Nation built on Christianity voluntarily throws out Christ in every arena and embraces false religions, abortion, homosexuality, mass murder, hedonism, lawlessness and greed beyond comprehension. This goes to the Biblical verses stating that people will be judged based on their knowledge of real God – not Mohammed, etc. Those who didn’t know Christ will have a fair ‘trial’ as ignorance is a fair defense, but those who knew Jesus and rejected Him out of political correctness or whatever, will be judged harshly. When God fully removes His mighty protective hands, there will be no place to run or hide. Get ready. We are at the precipice. America is in the crosshairs. If you do nothing else at this singular moment, pray, ask forgiveness and guidance. Above all, have courage to stand up for Christ as there is evil in the wind.
JAN 30
Have the Jews Been Cast Aside, or Are They Destined for Glory?


As the eclipse plunges the UK and other places into darkness this Friday, two other rare if less spectacular celestial events will be taking place, too: a Supermoon and the Spring equinox.

A Supermoon, or perigee moon, happens when the full or new moon does its closest fly-by of the Earth, making it look bigger than it normally does. And the spring equinox refers to the time of the year when the day and night are of equal duration, mid-way between the longest and shortest days.

The solar eclipse refers to a phenomenon where the sun and moon line up, so that the latter obscures the former. And while it won’t be affected by the two other events, it is rare that the three events happen even individually.



No other Tetrad before or after has a total solar eclipse exactly on the Spring Equinox that is also a Jewish New Year.

Joel 2:31 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

Read more at http://thewatchtowers.com/solar-eclipse-supermoon-spring-equinox-3-rare-celestial-events-align-march-20th/#xlw1Czf4I5scUdYX.99

NOTICE: Kade Hawkins, director of Prophecy News Watch and who served on the Board of Chuck Missler’s Koinonia House as Canadian Director for over 16 years, provides an official publication to critique the NASA phenomena due to occur in 2014-2015, known as the Blood Moon Tetrads.

The Four Blood Moon Tetrad Phenomena Under Examination

History is littered with the dead bones of prophecies and predictions that failed the test of time.In recent times it is likely you will have been aware of The Jupiter Effect, Michael Drosnin’s Bible Code, the Quatrains of Nostradamus, Y2K and more recently the December 21st 2012 predictions.So what makes the four blood moons prophecy different to all that we have seen before? Is this another prophecy tragedy or could this celestial event be the most incredible sign of the times?

Signs in the Heavens

The significance of celestial, astronomical and heavenly events has been a key feature of world history from the time of Genesis. If we go to the book of Genesis we see a profound statement made by Moses in his account of the creation of the heavens by God Almighty. Why did God create the stars in the heavens in the first place? We read one significant answer in Genesis, the first chapter. Moses wrote:

“And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years” Genesis 1:14

From a biblical perspective the use of the Sun and Moon as signs is evident. For instance in the book of Joshua chapter 10, the sun and the moon stood still for Joshua and his army over Gibeon, so they could have enough day time to complete the war.  In Genesis we see that a young Joseph had a dream that involved the sun, moon and stars which would become a symbolic prophecy of his rise to greatness.

Incredible heavenly phenomena have been witnessed throughout history and there would be too many to feature here. However the following provides a snapshot of strange events which immediately triggered an association with bible prophecies.

The 1780 Day of Darkness

On the 19th of May, 1780 many people thought that the day of the Lord had arrived when the sky became pitch black during the day. The darkness was not due to an eclipse since the moon was then nearly full. It was not caused by clouds, nor due to the thickness of the atmosphere, as in some localities where the darkness extended, the sky was so clear that the stars could be seen.

The extent of the darkness was also very remarkable. It was observed at the most eastern regions of New England; westward, to the farthest part of Connecticut, and southward at Albany, it was observed all along the sea coast; and to the north, as far as the American settlements extended. It probably far exceeded those boundaries, but the exact limits were never positively known. With regard to its duration, it continued in the neighborhood of Boston for at least fourteen or fifteen hours.”

Timothy Dwight says, “The 19th of May, 1780, was a remarkable dark day. Candles were lighted in many houses; the birds were silent and disappeared, and the fowls retired to roost. … A very general opinion prevailed, that the day of judgment was at hand.” Quoted in Connecticut Historical Collections, compiled by John Warner Barber (2nd ed.; New Haven: Durrie & Peck and J.W. Barber, 1836) p. 403.

The August 1999 Total Eclipse

On August 11th 1999, millions of people across Europe, Middle East and Africa witnessed a total solar eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is larger than the Sun, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across the surface of the Earth, while a partial solar eclipse will be visible over a region thousands of kilometers wide.

The path of the Moon’s shadow began in the Atlantic Ocean and, before noon, was traversing Cornwall, Devon, northern France, Belgium, Luxembourg, southern Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, and northern FR Yugoslavia (Vojvodina). Its maximum was in Romania (next to a town called Ocnele Mari near Râmnicu Vâlcea); and it continued across Bulgaria, the Black Sea, Turkey, Iran, southern Pakistan and Srikakulam in India and ended in the Bay of Bengal.

Millions witnessed an eerie feeling as darkness descended, the air cooled down and the birds stopped singing. Because of the high density populated in the areas of the path, there is little doubt that this was the most-viewed total solar eclipse in human history.

The Jupiter Effect, Comets and Meteorites

Other heavenly signs that have caused significant discussion and debate also include the planetary alignment phenomena of 1982. The Jupiter Effect was a best-selling book by John Gribbin, Ph.D., and Stephen Plagemann (published. 1974) that predicted that this alignment of the planets of the solar system would create a number of catastrophes, including a great earthquake on the San Andreas Fault in Los Angeles, on March 10, 1982.

Many of you will also remember the Hale-Bopp Comet, one of the most publicized celestial bodies which in 1997 sparked a major tragedy in which 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate, an American UFO religion doomsday cult based in San Diego California, committed mass suicide in order to reach what they believed was an alien space craft following the Comet Hale–Bopp, which was then at its brightest.

More recently on September 15, 2007, a meteorite impacted Earth near the village of Carancas, Peru, creating a 50-foot-wide crater. When local officials went to investigate, they saw boiling water bubbling at the bottom of the hole. Sickeningly foul-smelling, noxious gases rose out of it, striking the investigators ill on the spot. In the days after the impact, about 200 villagers came down with a mysterious illness, suffering nausea, headaches and vomiting. Later, tests of the impact site by scientists at Peru’s Mining, Metallurgy, and Geology Institute showed that the locals had likely suffered mild arsenic poisoning.

In all three cases at the time parallels were drawn with bible prophecy and the book of Revelation in which John in his vision saw a number of global cataclysmic events which involved astral projects impacting the earth causing significant calamity.

The Prophecy of the Red Blood Moon Tetrads.

When major astronomical and heavenly events take place it has been natural to turn to the Bible for validation since Jesus Christ himself said, referring to the days before His second coming:

“And there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven”…..“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars . . .” Luke 21: 11, 25.

However there are specific references that focus on the moon looking “blood red” in the lead up to the great and terrible Day of the Lord and it is for this reason that the prophecy of the Blood Moon Tetrads is causing a ripple across the bible community.

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD” Joel 2:31

“I look when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood” Revelation.6:12

Blood Moons are when the moon appears red due to lunar eclipses. They occur when the earth is positioned between the sun and the moon (see top part of image below). The Earth’s shadow blocks the sun’s light, which would normally reflect off the moon. The delicate layer of dusty air surrounding our planet reddens and redirects the light of the sun, filling the dark behind the Earth with a sunset-red glow. This is in contrast to a solar eclipse where the moon is positioned between the earth and the sun causing darkness (see bottom part of image below).


Blood Moon lunar eclipses have happened continuously throughout history, but a Blood Moon Tetrad is when 4 consecutive total lunar eclipses occur on a Jewish Holy Feast day. There have only been 7 Blood Moon Tetrads between Jesus Christ’s first coming and 2013, and every time they happened it has been proven that there was some significant event which impacted upon the Jewish people within a year of the first or last eclipse of the tetrad.

The only time during this Millennium (2000 AD – 3000 AD) that a Blood Moon Tetrad will take place is the year 2014-2015. A growing group of researchers believe something significant is going to happen in 2014 and 2015 which will involve Israel and the world. This has set off a chain reaction of debate and discussion about this event.

Signs of the Blood Moons

Signs of the Blood Moons is a four part report created by Kade Hawkins, director of Prophecy News Watch. Kade is one of the most prolific providers of critical bible prophecy news and as such has developed a reputation in the bible prophecy community that is trusted. Signs of the Blood Moons is one of the first publications on the subject to provide a full critique and examination of the Blood Moon prophecy and will provide significant input to the growing debate and discussion on this controversial subject. 

See below for key insights.


Does God have a plan which includes the earth and the human race? If so, can man know it? The answer is an emphatic, Yes! God does have a plan, and that plan is clearly outlined in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Man can know God’s plan clearly if only he will come to the Bible and submit his mind and heart to the ministry of the Holy Spirit. A very striking and strange condition exists at present, namely, the deliberate refusal on the part of religious and political leaders to consult carefully the prophetic Scriptures. True, there have been cranks, blind fanatics, hobby-riders and unwise date-setters posing as prophetic teachers, but all of these unscholarly obscurantists put together do not afford any man a legitimate excuse for not studying the divine plan as it is plainly set forth in the Bible. Before ever the Bible was given to man, God had a plan, and we must remember that it is to that foreordained plan that He is working.

Some would argue that by looking at the Blood Moon Prophecy subject matter we become susceptible to the same dangers of the 2012 hysteria.What 2 guiding principles are required to prevent a repeat of history?

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Why does God choose to use prophecy as a means of validating the truth of the Bible and its key messages?

What is the decree of Artaxerxes and how is this the trigger for understanding God’s prophetic time clock?

Which date has time and time again shown to be a date which brings great tragedy for the nation of Israel whether in ancient times or the the modern era?


God’s eternal plan — from chaos to eternity — is incredibly revealed through the nature and timing of the Seven annual Feasts of the LORD. It was on Mount Sinai that God gave Moses the dates and observances of the seven feasts. When do they happen? God’s calendar is based on the phases of the moon. Each month in a lunar calendar begins with a new moon. Pesach falls on the first full moon of Spring. The first three feasts, Pesach, Unleavened Bread and First Fruits fall in March and April. The fourth one, Shavu’ot, marked the summer harvest and occurs in late May or early June. The last three feasts, Trumpets, Yom Kippur and Sukkot happen in September and October. Understanding the Feasts of the Lord is singularly one of the most critical components of bible prophecy.

What 3 critical and primary purposes are behind the establishing of the seven feasts of Israel?

How do the entire 7 Feasts of Israel translate into the Christian and New Testament understanding of the Dispensation of Grace?

What controversy has the “Feast of Trumpets” caused within Christianity in regards to understanding the Second Coming of Christ?  

How do the 7 Feasts tie into the Millennial reign of Christ on earth after the Battle of Armageddon?

The Bible foretold of signs in the celestial bodies that would be of prophetic significance. One of these signs was the moon turning into blood. NASA has claimed that there will be four blood moons to come, with a solar eclipse occurring in the middle, between 2014 and 2015. Could an occurrence like this be tied to a great prophetic fulfilment. Many have taken these predictions by NASA and crossed them with the prophecies of the Bible and believe that the coming four blood moons are a sign of judgment to the world and Israel foreshadowing a devastating war prophesied by the prophet Ezekiel. Can this be true?

Why is the Blood Moon Tetrad symbolized as a sign for Israel specifically? 

What is the historical relevance of the Blood Moon Tetrads during the 20th century?

How is Christopher Columbus and the finding of the Americas linked to the Blood Moon Tetrads?

According to NASA, the Blood Moon Tetrads will take place in 2032-2033, 2043-2044 and several further times this century. However, what are the key differences between these dates and the Blood Moon Tetrad for 2014-2015?


The rabbis teach that blood moons, “lunar eclipses” are a sign used by God for the judgment of the nation of Israel. They also teach that solar eclipses are a sign for the judgments of the nations of the world. Historically there is evidence that such occurrences always seem to take place at a time where there are world impacting events. The next combination of lunar (4) and solar eclipses (2) to fall on the appointed feast days will occur in a time period that covers 2014 and 2015. If there is to be major earth changing events that impact both Israel and the wider world then what could they be?

Are you aware that Islam holds a muslim majority in 51 countries? What is the significance of this over coming years?

What recent finding in Israel several years ago significantly shifted the commercial dynamics of the Middle East? 

Do you see the Syrian crisis as just another fall out from the “Arab Spring” or is there a reason why this conflict seems to be more prolonged than any of the others? Could this be the burden of Damascus spoken of by the prophet Isaiah?

Which bible passage conveys a possibility that the 3rd Jewish Temple could be built without the Dome of the Rock having to be removed?

Prophetic Trends We Monitor 

1. Where is the United States in Prophecy?
2. Israel – God’s Timepiece
3. A Revived Roman Empire?
4. The Gog/Magog War
5. Apostate Christianity
6. The Rise of Islam
7. Increase in Knowledge/New Technologies
8. Christian Worldviews/Issues
9. Other World Events To Watch

1. Where is the United States in Bible Prophecy?

One of the most common questions regarding Bible prophecy is where is the United States in scripture?   Many nations of the world are not mentioned in scripture, however it is hard to understand how the world’s most powerful nation would not be.  At least not in a way that we recognize it clearly.

There are many theories and ideas as to why this is but here are three of the most common:

  • The United States is no longer relevant
  • The United States is destroyed
  • The United States is no longer its own country – but part of a larger union of nations – possibly controlled by the Antichrist.

All of these responses are based on speculation.  We simply do not know the answer but it is very possible there may be some symbolism that the United States may fit into.  We must simply watch and wait to see what God’s plan for America is.

To that effect we monitor what impact terrorism and war might have on the United States as well any other factors that could contribute to its decline or change on the world stage.

America is also Israel’s closest ally.  God promises to bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel (Genesis 12:3).  America’s relationship with Israel will be closely watched.

2. Israel – God’s Timepiece

It has been said if you want to know what time it is on God’s calendar – keep an eye on Israel for it is God’s timepiece. The scriptures relating to Israel’s prophetic role in the end times are too numerous to follow, but we will monitor some of the most important ones.

Perhaps one of the most important is Daniel 9:27:

“He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’  In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”

The book of Daniel reveals that one final period of 7 years has been reserved for God’s plan to be completed.  This period of 7 years is described in the book of Revelation and climaxes with Armageddon.  However when does this period of 7 years start?  Daniel 9:27 reveals that “He” referring to the Antichrist, will confirm a 7 year treaty.  It is this confirming of  a treaty with Israel and many nations for 7 years that starts the final countdown.

You will also notice a clear reference to this “he” (Antichrist) putting an end to sacrifice and setting up an abomination in the temple.  This would seem to indicate that the Jewish temple must be rebuilt to be part of the end time scenario.

With the understanding above we will be monitoring closely the various agreements and peace treaties that Israel is involved in with particular emphasis on the Road Map To Peace.  There is a particular emphasis by all major world players to bring Israel and the Palestinians, not to mention the entire Arab world into a final peace agreement.  “Final Status” talks is now the buzz word and we will be watching closely where this leads – possibly even to a rebuilt Jewish Temple.  However despite the move for peace talks, all parties in the Middle East continue to prepare for war.  We will be watching movements within Israel and her neighbors for potential conflict.

One of the most contentious issues for all parties in the Middle East is the final status of Jerusalem.  Zechariah says the following in this regards:

Zechariah 12:2-3: “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem.  On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves”.

Zechariah reveals that Jerusalem, the capital of Israel will become a problem for all nations. Eventually all the nations of the world will gather against her.  The voting of the UN, recent polls in Europe and the comments of leaders in Islamic countries all indicate we are heading towards a new global anti-Semitism.  This will climax in the world marching on Israel.

3. A Revived Roman Empire

Daniel, Chapter 2, presents the dream of Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar, which provides the basis for our understanding  for history’s final system of government.   Daniel interprets Nebuchadnezzar’s dream which reveals that the fifth and final world empire would have some association with or be an extension of the fourth empire – Rome. Passages in Daniel 7:7-8 and Revelation 13:1  describe a beast with ten horns. The prophets Daniel and John apparently saw the same beast in their visions, the beast symbolizing ten heads or ten kingdoms.  It is this number of 10 that we want to keep a close eye on. 

We will monitor the development of the world’s newest superpower emerging from Europe and the region of the former Roman Empire which includes not only Europe but much of North Africa and the Middle East.  The EU would seem to be a leading candidate for the final world empire – but the number 10 will have to somehow be reconciled. Issues surrounding the EU constitution and the EU/Mediterranean partnership agreement will be watched for possible relevance to Daniel’s prophecies as well as the development of other nation alliances in this region that may equal the magic number of 10.

It is from this final world Empire that the man we call the Antichrist emerges.  He is alluded to in scripture as the Assyrian and may have a Muslim/Middle Eastern connection that many have overlooked.

4. The Gog/Magog War

Ezekiel 37-39 describes a time when Israel has been restored to her land but will then face an invasion force from a country in the north and her allies after God puts hooks in their jaws. Those countries are listed by names we don’t recognize today but many scholars believe they have identified where those people groups were once from. The following are the most common interpretations for those countries:

MAGOG is believed to be modern-day Russia and should also include Kazakhstan (the area north of the Caspian Sea).

MESHECH can include the southern part of Russia by the Black Sea, as well as Georgia and Armenia. Some believe Turkey could also be included.

TUBAL is a part of Russia between the Black and Caspian seas. It also includes the Ukraine and Kazakhstan and possibly Georgia and Azerbaijan.

PERSIA is modern-day Iran.

ETHIOPIA (or Cush). Some consider that other surrounding areas, such as the Sudan or Eritrea, could also be included.

AND LIBYA (or Phut).

GOMER may include the Ukraine. Some believe it may also include the area SE of the Black Sea, such as Georgia. Some believe this may also be a reference to Germany.

THE HOUSE OF TOGARMAH OF THE (far or remote parts of the) NORTH QUARTERS may include Armenia. Many believe this will also include Turkey,

AND MANY PEOPLE (or nations) WITH THEE. This may indicate that there will be yet other nations allied with Russia that are unlisted. It may be noted that Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan are not mentioned.

Russia is no longer the superpower it once was and while it may be hard to see such a scenario happening today, it is no more difficult for God to accomplish than He did the recreation of Israel as a nation in 1948.

Ezekiel 39 would also seem to indicate the use of nuclear weapons in this conflict as specific instructions are given on burying the dead, including specialists who do this.

We will continue to monitor Russia’s relations with Israel. Iran, one of the nations mentioned is also important to keep an eye on in light of its mutual assistance treaty with Russia. Israel has threatened to attack Iran if it continues with is nuclear program – this very well could be the hook in the jaws that draws Russia down. Another nation to keep an eye on is Turkey as it is currently Israel’s ally but relations have deteriorated greatly as of late. If Turkey is to be involved in this invasion it would be a great dupe on Israel or things could change quickly in this Muslim country. The nuclear arms race in the Middle East continues and could play a factor in this conflict.

5. Apostate Christianity

We are told in Revelation 3 of the 7 Churches. The last church or church age is symbolized by the Church of Laodicea. Laodicea means “the rights of the people.” Thus, this was a church governed by the will of the people, rather than the will of God. This is the church age from which the Antichrist and the False Prophet will emerge. It is the church age Paul talked about that would not endure sound doctrine, but would gather around them teachers that would say what their itching ears wanted and desired to hear (2 Tim 4:3). This church is described as lukewarm, indifferent, not concerned with right and wrong, or with good and evil. They take a neutral position: one of “live and let live; don’t rock the boat; and don’t cause waves.” They are trying to serve two masters—God and self (or the world).

We will continue to monitor the church’s faithfulness to the teaching of the Word of God, realizing that the church of the last days will be marked by apostasy and a falling away. This does not mean that God is not moving and doing great things – but can we also identify the wolves in sheep’s clothing? “For false Christ’s and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the very elect”. (Mark 13:22).

6. The Rise of Islam

Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world.  Demographics studies indicate that it could soon become the dominant religion in many European countries.  Very few Christians understand Islam and it’s impact on the people and societies that it governs.  

Sharia law does not permit a Muslim to leave the faith and to do so means stiff penalties, jail time and even death in countries such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.  Radical Islam’s hatred of Israel and the West will be monitored as well as it’s potential role in Bible Prophecy, especially the desire by many Muslims to see the reestablishment of an Islamic Empire or Caliphate.  What role will Islam play beyond the traditional Ezekiel 38 scenario?  Will it be connected to a Revived Roman Empire or the EU?  Will the Antichrist be a Muslim?

We will be monitoring Islam’s rise in terms of both military, political and demographic power.  Islam’s  impact on Christians and efforts to witness to Muslims will also be covered.

7. Increase in Knowledge/New Technologies

Studies have suggested that the amount of human knowledge is doubling every 8 years. Some of the technologies that are emerging will no doubt have a role to play in Bible Prophecy.

Revelation 13 describes a mark, in the right hand or forehead that will act as not only a form of allegiance or worship, but enable people to buy or sell items – in fact you can’t conduct commerce without it. When you hear comments by the head of MasterCard that microchip implants under the skin could be used for commerce – you can’t help but see the path we are on.  The recent approval of the FDA for implants under the skin for medical purposes will no doubt play a role in this emerging trend.  The increase of RFID technology also presents some amazing possibilities in terms of  commerce and tracking technology.

Revelation 13 also mentions the ability of an image of the Antichrist – to somehow come to life and speak. With cloning and other advanced computer technologies it seems there is nothing man can’t do.

We will continue to monitor new technologies and their impact on prophecy.

8. Christian Worldview/Issues

We will monitor events from around the world of interest to Christians. Church trends, social issues such as abortion and homosexuality, Christian persecution, Christian entertainment and culture are just a sample of some of these topics.

9. Other World Events To Watch

We will monitor world events that may not on the surface have a direct relationship to Bible prophecy but are important to keep an eye on.  Examples include the the rise of Islamic influence in the world, China’s emergence as a superpower and her conflict with Taiwan, natural disasters, signs in the heavens, emerging diseases such as H1N1 and other globally impacting issues will be watched.

What is a Blood Moon?
Lunar eclipse illustration courtesy of Luc Viatour
Lunar eclipse illustration courtesy of Luc Viatour
A lunar tetrad – four total lunar eclipses in a row – began on April 15, 2014. The last total lunar eclipse happened on October 8, 2014, and the next will take place on April 4, 2015.

The first Blood Moon eclipse in a series of four happened on the night of April 14-15, 2014. The second one took place on the night of October 7-8, 2014. At that October Blood Moon, there was a total lunar eclipse. We in astronomy had not heard the term Blood Moon used in quite this way before this year, but now the term has become widespread in the media. The origin of the term is religious, at least according to Christian pastor John Hagee, who wrote a 2013 book about Blood Moons.

Meanwhile, both astronomers and some proponents of Christian prophesy are talking about the ongoing lunar tetrad – the series of four total lunar eclipses – which began with the total lunar eclipse on the night of April 14-15.

We at EarthSky don’t have any special knowledge about the Blood Moons of Biblical prophesy. But, since they’re moons, and since people are asking us, we wanted to provide some info. Follow the links below to learn more about Blood Moons.

What is a lunar tetrad?

Blood Moons in Biblical prophecy

Dates of Biblical prophecy Blood Moons in 2014 and 2015

How common is a tetrad of total lunar eclipses?

Why is the term Blood Moon being used to mean a full moon of a lunar tetrad?

Other times in astronomy you hear “moon” and “blood” in same sentence.

Dates of Harvest and Hunter’s Moons in 2014 and 2015

Total lunar eclipse for the Americas on night of April 14-15

This is what a total eclipse looks like. This is the total eclipse of October 27, 2004 via Fred Espenak of NASA, otherwise known as Mr. Eclipse. Visit Fred’s page here.
This is what a total eclipse looks like. This is the total eclipse of October 27, 2004 via Fred Espenak of NASA. Visit Fred’s page here. We astronomy writers often describe a totally eclipsed moon as appearing ‘blood red.’ Here’s why the moon turns red during a total eclipse.
What is a lunar tetrad? Both astronomers and followers of certain Christian pastors are talking about the lunar tetrad of 2014-2015. What is a tetrad? It’s four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons)

Blood Moons in Biblical prophecy. We’re not experts on prophecy of any kind. But we’ll tell you what we know about the new definition for Blood Moon that has raised so many questions recently.

From what we’ve been able to gather, two Christian pastors, Mark Blitz and John Hagee, use the term Blood Moon to apply to the full moons of the ongoing tetrad – four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons) – in 2014 and 2015. John Hagee appears to have popularized the term in his 2013 book Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change.

Mark Blitz and John Hagee speak of a lunar tetrad as representing a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. After all, the moon is supposed to turn blood red before the end times, isn’t it? As described in Joel 2:31 (Common English Bible):

The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood before the great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.

That description, by the way, describes both a total solar eclipse and total lunar eclipse. Sun turned to darkness = moon directly between the Earth and sun in a total solar eclipse. Moon turned to blood = Earth directly between the sun and moon, Earth’s shadow falling on the moon in a total lunar eclipse.

This book, published in 2013, is apparently what launched all the questions to our astronomy website about Blood Moons. We confess. We haven’t read it.
This book, published in 2013, is apparently what launched all the questions to our astronomy website about Blood Moons. We confess. We haven’t read it.
Dates of Biblical prophecy Blood Moons in 2014 and 2015. These are the dates for the ongoing tetrad – four successive total lunar eclipses – in these years.

Total lunar eclipse: April 15
Total lunar eclipse: October 8

Total lunar eclipse: April 4
Total lunar eclipse: September 28

There are a total of 8 tetrads in the 21st century (2001 to 2100). But proponents of this Biblical prophecy regard the ongoing tetrad as especially significant because it coincides with two important Jewish holidays: Passover and Tabernacles.

The April 2014 and April 2015 total lunar eclipses align with the feast of Passover. The October 2014 and September 2015 total lunar eclipses align with the feast of Tabernacles.

The Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar. In any year, it’s inevitable that a full moon should fall on or near the feasts of Passover (15 Nissan) and Tabernacles (15 Tishri). Nissan and Tishri are the first and seventh months of the Jewish calendar, respectively.

It is somewhat ironic that three of these four lunar eclipses are not visible – even in part – from Israel. The only eclipse that can be seen at all from Israel is the tail end of the September 28, 2015 eclipse, which may be observable for a short while before sunrise.

How common is a tetrad of total lunar eclipses? Depending upon the century in which you live, a lunar tetrad (four consecutive total lunar eclipses, spaced at six lunar months apart from one another) may happen fairly frequently – or not at all.

For instance, in our 21st century (2001-2100), there are a total 8 tetrads, but in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, there were none at all. If we include all the centuries from the 1st century (AD 1-100) through the 21st century (2001-2100), inclusive, there are a total of 62 tetrads. The last one occurred in 2003-2004, and the next one after the 2014-2015 tetrad will happen in 2032-2033.

However, if we want to know which tetrads specifically fell on the Jewish feasts of Passover and Tabernacles, there appear to be a total of 8 in these 21 centuries:

1. 162-163 C.E. (Common Era)
2. 795-796 C.E.
3. 842-843 C.E.
4. 860-861 C.E.
5. 1493-1494 C.E.
6. 1949-1950 C.E.
7. 1967-1968 C.E.
8. 2014-2015 C.E.

Why is the term Blood Moon being used to mean a full moon of a lunar tetrad? We can’t really tell you why more and more people are using the term Blood Moon to describe the four full moons of a lunar tetrad. We don’t know why, exactly.

Here’s the definition of a lunar tetrad, again: four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons). There’s no obvious reason why Blood Moon should be associated with this term.

To the best of our knowledge, however, the use of the term Blood Moon to describe a lunar tetrad is of recent origin. It might have originated with John Hagee’s 2013 book.

We’re still not sure whether Blood Moon pertains to the full moon of any tetrad, or specifically to a tetrad that coincides with the feasts of Passover and Tabernacles.

Either way, I suspect the nouveau definition of Blood Moon will gain traction as we approach the tetrad, the four total lunar eclipses of 2014 and 2015.

View larger. | Hunter’s Moon collage from EarthSky Facebook friend Kausor Khan in Hyberabad, India. Click here to expand this image
View larger. | Hunter’s Moon collage from EarthSky Facebook friend Kausor Khan in Hyberabad, India. Notice that she choose reddish moons to depict the Hunter’s Moon. That’s because many people see the Hunter’s Moon low in the sky, and moons seen low in the sky appear reddish. In 2014, the Hunter’s Moon – sometimes called the Blood Moon – will come on October 8. It will feature the second total eclipse of the moon in the ongoing lunar tetrad. So we’ll have two reasons to call the October 8 moon a Blood Moon.
Other times in astronomy you hear “moon” and “blood” in same sentence. The full moon nearly always appears coppery red during a total lunar eclipse. That’s because the dispersed light from all the Earth’s sunrises and sunsets falls on the face of the moon at mid-eclipse. Thus the term blood moon can be and probably is applied to any and all total lunar eclipses. It’s only in years where volcanic activity is pronounced that the moon’s face during a total lunar eclipse might appear more brownish or gray in color. Usually, the moon looks red. We astronomy writers often say it looks blood red. Why? Because it sounds dramatic, and a lunar eclipse is a dramatic natural event. Read more here: Why does the moon look red during a total lunar eclipse?

What’s more, in folklore, all the full moons have names. The names typically coincide with months of the year, or seasons. One of the most famous moon names is the Hunter’s Moon. It is the the full moon immediately following the Harvest Moon, which is the full moon occurring most closely to the autumnal equinox.

The Hunter’s Moon, in skylore, is also sometimes called the Blood Moon. Why? Probably because it’s a characteristic of these autumn full moons that they appear nearly full – and rise soon after sunset – for several evenings in a row. Many people see them when they are low in the sky, shortly after they’ve risen, at which time there’s more atmosphere between you and the moon than when the moon is overhead. When you see the moon low in the sky, the extra air between you and the moon makes the moon look reddish. Voila. Blood moon.

The second total lunar eclipse of the coming lunar tetrad will take place on October 8, the same night as the Hunter’s Moon. So there will be two reasons to use the term Blood Moon that night.

Dates for the Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest and Hunter’s Moons in 2014 and 2015:

Harvest Moon: September 9
Autumn Equinox: September 23
Hunter’s (Blood) Moon: October 8

Autumn Equinox: September 23
Harvest Moon: September 28
Hunter’s (Blood) Moon: October 27

Bottom line: The term Blood Moon in Biblical prophecy appears to have been popularized by two Christian pastors, Mark Blitz and John Hagee. They use the term Blood Moon to apply to the full moons of the ongoing tetrad – four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons) – beginning on the night of April 14-15, 2014. The next Blood Moon eclipse comes on the night of October 7-8, 2014.

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Total lunar eclipse of Hunter’s Moon on night of October 7-8.


Rangers Raid MQM HQ In Karachi, Detain Member Of Rabitta Committee?

Rangers spokesperson Col Tahir said the raid lasted for two hours. -DawnNews screengrab
Rangers spokesperson Col Tahir said the raid lasted for two hours. -DawnNews screengrab
Schools, business centers and petrol stations shut down as party activists protest raid. —AP/File
Schools, business centers and petrol stations shut down as party activists protest raid. —AP/File

KARACHI: A heavy contingent of Rangers raided Nine Zero, the headquarters of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), in Karachi’s Azizabad neighbourhood on Wednesday morning, prompting a protest by party activists and a subsequent call for a day of “peaceful mourning” across the country.

A number of party workers, including member of MQM’s Rabita Committee Amir Khan, were detained during the raid. Rabita Committee is MQM’s central coordination cell.

The operation was managed and executed by members of the paramilitary force alone and there was no sign of local police in the area.

A large number of party workers including member of MQM's central coordination cell Amir Khan were arrested by Rangers during the raid. - Reuters
A large number of party workers including member of MQM’s central coordination cell Amir Khan were arrested by Rangers during the raid. – Reuters

The Rangers’ raid at the headquarters of one of the largest political parties in the country today appears to have symbolic significance in the Karachi operation that has been underway since October 2013.

Schools to remain close on Thursday

According to a statement released by All Private Schools Management Association, the private schools in Karachi will remain close on Thursday. Moreover, the papers and entry tests scheduled for the day have been postponed and new schedule will be announced later.

Rangers have authority, not justice: Altaf

MQM Chief Altaf Hussain in a telephonic address denounced the raid by Rangers on Nine Zero.

Following is a summary of his address:

  • Altaf said that this was the first time that the house of a political party chief was raided
  • Addressing Rangers personnel, he remarked that Rangers have authority but they are unable to deliver justice
  • He said that the establishment does not tolerate MQM’s presence
  • He maintained that the ammunition seized from Nine Zero by Rangers does not belong to MQM. He further said that if the weapons belonged to MQM, they would not have been stored in Nine Zero.
  • He claimed that the ammunition recovered was planted by Rangers personnel themselves, who carried it inside concealed in blankets
  • Altaf demanded that “terrorism in the name of search operations” be stopped
  • He claimed that more than 60 people were arrested during the raid by Rangers
  • He said that the demise of party worker Waqas Ali Shah has deeply upset him.
  • Party office bearer killed: MQM

    MQM spokesperson Wasay Jalil said a senior party office bearer, Waqas Ali Shah of the central information committee was killed by Rangers during the raid.

    Jalil said that Shah was killed in straight fire by Rangers personnel around 7:45am Wednesday morning. “Dozens of mobiles of Rangers appeared at Nine Zero around 6 am. Personnel proceeded to raid the 50 offices in our headquarters. They went to each office, went through all the files and broke telephones.”

    A picture showing Waqas Ali Shah of MQM's central information committee who the party says was killed in the raid. Photo courtesy: Facebook
    A picture showing Waqas Ali Shah of MQM’s central information committee who the party says was killed in the raid. Photo courtesy: Facebook

    Additional Inspector General (IG) Sindh police Ghulam Qadir Thebo, while speaking to DawnNews, said that Shah was not shot by Rangers personnel, but that the bullet was fired from a hand-held gun.

    Rangers Director General (DG) Major General Bilal Akbar has said that MQM activist Shah did not die of gunfire by Rangers personnel. He added that the young man was shot with a TT pistol and the fact would become clear once the medical board’s report is received.

    A Rangers spokesperson said no one was killed during the raid but that ‘unidentified men’ opened fire injuring an Express News cameraman.

    Rangers personnel after breaking barricades leading to MQM headquarters cordoned off the area and searched through departments of the party’s offices .They also raided adjoining houses and arrested a number of MQM activists and leaders.

    Rangers personnel rummaged through MQM's Nine Zero offices and adjoining houses. -DawnNews screengrab
    Rangers personnel rummaged through MQM’s Nine Zero offices and adjoining houses. -DawnNews screengrab

    Speaking to media, Col Tahir called the two hour raid a “purely information-based operation” and divulged that the Khursheed Memorial Hall at Nine Zero has been sealed and will be handed over to police for further investigation.

    During the raid, Rangers cut off the telephone lines at Nine Zero, disabling communication with MQM’s international secretariat.

    Party leader Haider Abbas Rizvi, who is in Islamabad, confirmed the raid to Dawn.com and said that communication with party workers at the headquarters could not be established during the raid.

    Rizvi maintained that all the weapons seized by Rangers are licensed.

  • Scores of activists and party members protested the raid by Rangers by chanting slogans. Aerial firing also ensued outside Nine Zero as activists attempted to break Rangers’ cordon.

    A large number of female activists protested the raid by chanting “Go Rangers Go”.

    MQM announced a day of peaceful protest against the search operation by Rangers and urged for transport services to be suspended throughout the day.

    The incident has emerged on a day when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif himself is due to visit the metropolitan today.

    Faisal Mehmood alias Faisal Mota
    Faisal Mehmood alias Faisal Mota

    Rangers issue details of raid

    A press release was issued by Rangers soon after the raid on MQM’s headquarters.

    It said: “Pakistan Rangers Sindh has conducted a series of targeted raids at Surrounding areas of Nine Zero including Khursheed Memorial Hall today. During the above mentioned action, following hardcore criminals have been arrested.”

    Ubaid K 2
    Ubaid K 2

    Following is the Rangers press release with details of those arrested:

    1. Faisal Mota (involved in murder of Wali Khan Babar and convicted and sentenced to death by court)
    2. Farhan Shabbir aka Mullah
    3. Amir
    4. Nadir (convicted and sentenced 13 years)
    5. Ubaid K 2

    Faisal Mota had been awarded the death sentence in absentia on Mar 1 2014 by an anti-terrorism court in the murder case of Wali Khan Babar, a Geo TV reporter.

    Journalist injured

    Express News cameraman Waseem Mughal who was at Nine Zero among other media personnel has been injured due to firing.

    An employee of the Express Media Group confirmed that Mughal has been shot in the arm and that his condition is stable.

    ‘Stolen ammunition seized’

    Weapons, recovered during a raid by paramilitary forces on MQM headquarters, are displayed for the media in Karachi March 11 2015. -Reuters
    Weapons, recovered during a raid by paramilitary forces on MQM headquarters, are displayed for the media in Karachi March 11 2015. -Reuters

    According to Rangers spokerperson Colonel Tahir, ammunition stolen from Nato containers was also seized during the search operation at Nine Zero.

    Weapons kept for security purposes’.
    MQM leader Faisal Subzwari.— DawnNews screengrab
    MQM leader Faisal Subzwari.— DawnNews screengrab

    Speaking to media, MQM leader Faisal Subzwari admitted that weapons were seized during the raid, but said that they were all licensed and were being kept for security in view of the threats being received from “the Taliban and other extremist elements”.

    “After the Army Public School attack, even schools and colleges are now being asked to keep weapons for security. We were also told to keep weapons for our security,” he said.

    MQM demands answers

    Scores of protesters gathered outside Nine Zero but were not allowed to enter its premises. -DawnNews screengrab
    Scores of protesters gathered outside Nine Zero but were not allowed to enter its premises. -DawnNews screengrab

    Soon after the news of the search operation broke, MQM leaders and activists started to gather outside the headquarters but were not allowed to enter its premises.

    Speaking to DawnNews, prominent MQM leader Farooq Sattar termed the raid deeply upsetting. He said that MQM is compliant of all laws and instead of appreciating the party’s efforts of promoting peace, it is being treated with contempt.

    He demanded of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar and Governor Sindh Ishratul Ibad to play their due roles. Sattar also warned that the situation could be a setback to the enhancement of democratic process.

    Opposition stages walkout from Senate

    Members of the opposition parties staged a walkout from the Senate to register their protest against today’s raid on the MQM headquarters.

    Petrol pumps, private schools shut down

    Petrol pumps in several areas of Karachi were shut down soon after the raid. - DawnNews screengrab
    Petrol pumps in several areas of Karachi were shut down soon after the raid. – DawnNews screengrab

    Petrol pumps and private schools in several areas of Karachi were shut down as activists in large numbers protested against the Rangers.

    Examinations in Karachi University have also been postponed as citizens fear violence.

    Business centres and gas stations Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Jamshoro and Mirpur Khas were also shut down.

    Bus, rickshaw torched

    A rickshaw was torched in Gulistan-i-Jauhar area of Karachi. -DawnNews screengrab
    A rickshaw was torched in Gulistan-i-Jauhar area of Karachi. -DawnNews screengrab

    While the MQM has maintained that the protest against the Rangers raid will be peaceful, a bus was set alight at Gulistan-i-Jauhar while a rickshaw was torched in Karimabad.

    ‘PML-N has no contention with MQM’

    Leader of the House in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq, belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), categorically stated that the ruling party has no contention with the MQM.

    Addressing media representatives, he denied speculation that the raid on Nine Zero was carried out in retaliation to the MQM’s support to the PPP during the elections of the Senate chairmen.

    He said that the details of the raid would be presented in the Upper House of Parliament once they were received from Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah.

    MQM chief telephones Zardari

    MQM chief Altaf Hussain held a telephonic conversation with Pakistan Peoples Party co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari, during which the former president was briefed over the Rangers’ raid conducted at the MQM headquarters Nine Zero and residence of Altaf’s sister.

    The MQM supremo also informed Zardari about the arrest of MQM activists and the killing of Waqas Ali Shah, who died of gunshot wounds during the raid.

    It was still not clear who had fired the fatal bullet which took the life of the MQM worker.

    Hussain added that the nature of the raid at the MQM hearquarters was condemnable.

    The former president expressed sorrow over the incident and said that MQM was one of the biggest political parties in the country.

    The raid on MQM headquarters came hours after a consensus was reached on who will chair the Senate with the MQM on board with the government. Senior members of the party have been expressing their shock at the latest turn of events and have been denying the claims made by Rangers of the party harbouring “hardcore criminals” at its headquarters.

    Last month, the Rangers had implicated the MQM in the Baldia Town factory inferno fire that claimed the lives of at least 258 factory workers, a charge the party vehemently denies. The JIT report also contains several other disclosures about the involvement of MQM workers in several criminal cases as well rigging in the 2013 general elections.

    The city reacted to the developments with fear and apprehension. Commercial activity was suspended with shops, markets and educational institutions closed not just in Karachi but in other cities of the province, such as Hyderabad, Sukkur. Children who managed to get to schools were sent back to their homes and examinations were cancelled in colleges and universities.

  • The case against Altaf: Reactions, and politics.

  • Zardari said MQM was going through a “difficult time” and vowed not to leave it alone in these “times of trouble.”- APP/File
    Zardari said MQM was going through a “difficult time” and vowed not to leave it alone in these “times of trouble.”- APP/File

    KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain was in the limelight once again on Tuesday after Rangers registered a case against himfor threatening the paramilitary force.

    The case, filed at Civil Lines police station, seeks to charge the MQM chief under Section 7 of the Anti-terrorism Act (ATA) and section 506 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

    Given the fine line MQM has been walking since the Rangers raided Nine Zeroon March 11, 2015, today’s development was viewed as an explosive one, with reactions pouring in from political parties and legal experts across the country.


    Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in a telephonic conversation with Altaf Hussain, expressed his party’s wish that the MQM become part of the PPP-led Sindh government.

    Zardari said MQM was going through a “difficult time” and expressed solidarity with the party, vowing not to leave it alone in these “times of trouble.”


    Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Rana Sanaullah, talking to DawnNews, condemned Altaf Hussain’s language against the Rangers, but maintained that the paramilitary force should not have registered a case against the MQM chief.

    He said the agency should focus primarily on rooting out terrorism and violence from Karachi — not take part in legal battles.

    ‘Politically motivated’

    Renowned legal expert and human rights activist Asma Jehangir termed the case filed against Altaf Hussain as “futile.”

    She said the case was “politically motivated,” and would lead nowhere, especially since Altaf Hussain resides in London.

    Former federal law minister, Khalid Ranjha, while talking to DawnNews, said Altaf Hussain should not have used the words he did on TV, but mirrored Rana Sanaullah’s view, saying there were no grounds for the case registered against Hussain.

    “I don’t think Altaf’s threat on TV is cognizable, especially with respect to section 506 of the PPC, which accounts for substantive offences. I don’t deem filing of this case as a good move,” he said.

    It’s personal?

    Senior analyst, Nazir Leghari, said Altaf Hussain’s words on TV were very clear.

    “Neither the party nor Altaf Hussain took their words back,” said Leghari. According to him, the matter revolved around two individuals — Rangers’ Col. Tahir and Altaf Hussain.

    “If they resolve the issue on their own, whereby an apology is sought and accepted, the case will be resolved easily. Otherwise the law will take its own course,” he said.


    MQM MNAs and workers said their party was being targeted in lieu of the Karachi operation.

    MQM representative Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, while talking to DawnNews, said, “Altaf Hussain has faced similar cases in the past. This is nothing new for him.”

    MQM’s Rabita Committee said its legal experts are reviewing details of the case registered against Altaf Hussain, and will soon formalise a legal strategy in this regard.

    In an official statement, the committee said MQM is a liberal, democratic party and will use all legal and constitutional avenues to defend Altaf Hussain.

    Rangers file case against MQM Chief Altaf Hussain.

    DAWN.COM | IMTIAZ ALI — UPDATED about 4 hours ago.

    The case has been registered under section 7 of the Anti-terrorism Act for allegedly threatening the paramilitary force. - mqm.org/File
    The case has been registered under section 7 of the Anti-terrorism Act for allegedly threatening the paramilitary force. – mqm.org/File

    KARACHI: Rangers officials on Tuesday filed a case against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain for threatening the paramilitary force, DIG South Abdul Khaliq Sheikh said.

    The case has been regis

    Woh the [past tense] ho jain ge,” Hussain had told show host Shahzeb Khanzada on GeoNews, in an apparent veiled threat to the paramilitary force personnel involved in the raid.

    A large number of criminal cases registered against Altaf Hussain were wiped out in 2009, following the controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) issued by former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf in 2007. After the NRO, this is the first criminal case registered against Altaf Hussain in the country.

    Copy Of FIR Lodge Against MQM Chief Altaf Hussain.Sitting In London Watching Geo Broadcasting News On Line Every Single Minute. Phony On Line with Supporters.

    Image of the FIR registered against MQM chief.
    Image of the FIR registered against MQM chief.
    Image of the FIR registered against MQM chief.
    Image of the FIR registered against MQM chief.

    Last week, Rangers officials conducted an unprecedented raid on the MQM’s headquarters located in Karachi’s Azizabad neighbourhood. A number of party workers, including MQM’s Rabita Committee member Amir Khan, were detained during the raid.

    Two convicted criminals were also recovered during the raid, Rangers asserted.

    Also read | MQM reiterates stance on Rangers raid

    TV footage showed Rangers personnel in masks conducting a search operation at the headquarters, where arms and ammunition were also recovered.

    Altaf Hussain had condemned the Rangers’ raid on the party’s headquarters and claimed that personnel of the paramilitary force brought the weapons and ammunition ‘wrapped in blankets’ with them and then claimed the recovery to frame the party.

    Addressing workers gathered at the party’s headquarters after the Rangers raid on Wednesday, the MQM chief said the ‘establishment’ had never accepted him and for that he could step down from active politics to look after the party’s welfare wing.

    The raid was ‘staged’ by Rangers, he had added.

    Also read | Zardari stopped Rangers-like raid on ‘Nine Zero’: Mirza

    ATA Section 6, sub-section (2), clause (m)

    “In this Act, terrorism means the use or threat of action where an action involves serious coercion or intimidation of a public servant in order to force him to discharge or to refrain from discharging his lawful duties.”

    ATA Section 7

    Punishment for acts of terrorism.- whoever commits an act of terrorism under section 6, whereby

    (a) death of any person is caused, shall be punishable, on conviction, with death or with imprisonment for life, and with fine; or

    (b) he does anything like to cause death or endangers life, but death or hurt is not caused, shall be punishable, on conviction, with imprisonment for description for a term which shall be not less than five years but may extend to fourteen years and with fine:

    (c) grievous bodily harm or injury is caused to any person, shall be punishable, on conviction, with imprisonment of either but may extend to imprisonment for life and shall also be liable to a fine; or

    (d) grievous damage to property is caused, shall be punishable on conviction, with imprisonment, of either description for a term not less than ten years and not exceeding fourteen years, and shall also be liable to a fine: or

    (e) the offence of kidnapping for ransom or hostage-taking has been committed, shall be punishable, on conviction, with death or imprisonment for life and shall be liable to forfeiture of property; or

    (f) the offence of hijacking, has been committed, shall be punishable, on conviction, with death or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to forfeiture of property and fine;

    (g) the act of terrorism committed falls under Section 6(2) (f) and (g), shall be punishable, on conviction, with imprisonment of not less than six months and not more than three years and with fine; or

    (h) the act of terrorism committed falls under clauses (h) to (n) of sub-section (2) of Section 6, shall be punishable, on conviction, to imprisonment of not less than one year and not more than ten years and with fine; and

    (i) any other act of terrorism not falling under Clauses (a) to (h) above or under any other provision of this Act, shall be punishable, and not less than six months and not more than five years or with fine or with both]

    Section 506 of the Pakistan Penal Code

    Punishment for criminal intimidation: Whoever commences the offence of criminal intimidation shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years or with fine or with both. If threat be to cause death or grievous hurt, etc.:

    And if the threat be to cause death or grievous hurt, or to cause the destruction of any property by fire, or to cause an offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years, or to impute unchastity to a woman, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, or with fine, or with both.

    MQM’s response

    In a combined statement from MQM’s Rabita committee in London and Karachi, the party said its legal experts are reviewing details of the case registered against Altaf Hussain, and will soon formalise a legal strategy in this regard.

    The statement also said that viewing the allegations in retrospect, the case filed against Hussain appears to be factually incorrect.

    MQM’s Rabita Committee went on to say that their chief had faced several similar cases in the past, adding that all legal means available will be employed to defend Hussain.

    The party has urged its supporters and workers to remain calm and united.

    tered under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act and 506 of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Civil Lines police station in the metropolis on the request of the paramilitary force, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com.

    Rangers spokesperson Col Tahir Mehmood has filed the case against the political party.

    The Rangers official maintained that following the raid on MQM Headquarters, Altaf – in an interview on Geo News – threatened members of the paramilitary force who were involved in the operation.

    Rangers raid MQM headquarters

    Discussion in ‘Pakistani Siasat‘ started by root, Wednesday at 9:19 AM.

    MQM demands answers.

    We demand answers from MQM why its involved in terrorism.

     Rangers Raid MQM HQ In Karachi, Detain Member Of Rabitta Committee

    DAWN.COM | SOHAIL SHABBIR — UPDATED 2 minutes ago.

    I was watching the news and I noticed Insas rifles being shown. It confirms what Ajmal Pahari told us. India is helping the MQM with its terror agenda in Pakistan. Seems they have accepted that India ‘give panah’ to MQM terrorists.

    Karachi Walo Khabardar- Aaj Bhai kay Hukam per Karachi Band Hai.

  • KARACHI: Rangers officials on Tuesday filed a case against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain for threatening the paramilitary force, DIG South Abdul Khaliq Sheikh said.

    The case has been registered under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act and 506 of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Civil Lines police station in the metropolis on the request of the paramilitary force, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com.

    Rangers spokesperson Col Tahir Mehmood has filed the case against the political party.

    The Rangers official maintained that following the raid on MQM Headquarters, Altaf – in an interview on Geo News – threatened members of the paramilitary force who were involved in the operation.

    “Woh the [past tense] ho jain ge,” Hussain had told show host Shahzeb Khanzada on GeoNews, in an apparent veiled threat to the paramilitary force personnel involved in the raid.

    A large number of criminal cases registered against Altaf Hussain were wiped out in 2009, following the controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) issued by former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf in 2007. After the NRO, this is the first criminal case registered against Altaf Hussain in the country.

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    Last week, Rangers officials conducted an unprecedented raid on the MQM’s headquarters located in Karachi’s Azizabad neighbourhood. A number of party workers, including MQM’s Rabita Committee member Amir Khan, were detained during the raid.

    Two convicted criminals were also recovered during the raid, Rangers asserted.

    Also read | MQM reiterates stance on Rangers raid

    TV footage showed Rangers personnel in masks conducting a search operation at the headquarters, where arms and ammunition were also recovered.

    Altaf Hussain had condemned the Rangers’ raid on the party’s headquarters and claimed that personnel of the paramilitary force brought the weapons and ammunition ‘wrapped in blankets’ with them and then claimed the recovery to frame the party.

    Addressing workers gathered at the party’s headquarters after the Rangers raid on Wednesday, the MQM chief said the ‘establishment’ had never accepted him and for that he could step down from active politics to look after the party’s welfare wing.

    The raid was ‘staged’ by Rangers, he had added.

    Also read | Zardari stopped Rangers-like raid on ‘Nine Zero’: Mirza

    7.1 Section 11-V of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997:

    “Directing terrorist activities.- (1) A person commits an offence if he-(a) directs, at any level, whilst resident in Pakistan or abroad, activities of an organization concerned with the preparation, instigation or commission of acts of terrorism; or (b) directs, from within the country or abroad, activities connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

    (2) A person guilty of an offence under sub-section (1) shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for life and to forfeiture or confiscation of his assets within or outside Pakistan.”

    7.2 Section 11-W of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997:

    “Printing, publishing or disseminating any material to incite hatred or giving projection to any person convicted for a terrorist act or any proscribed organization or an organization placed under observation or anyone concerned in terrorism.- (1) A person commits an offence if he prints, publishes or disseminates any material, whether by audio or video-cassettes or by written, photographic, electronic, digital, wall-chalking or any other method which incites religious, sectarian or ethnic hatred or gives projection to any person convicted for a terrorist act, or any person or organization concerned in terrorism or proscribed organization or an organization placed under observation:

    Provided that a factual news report, made in good faith, shall not be construed to mean “projection” for the purposes of this section.

    (2) Any person guilty of an offence under sub-section (1) shall be punished on conviction with imprisonment which may extend to five years and with fine.”

    Section 506 of the Pakistan Penal Code

    Punishment for criminal intimidation: Whoever commences the offence of criminal intimidation shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years or with fine or with both. If threat be to cause death or grievous hurt, etc.:

    And if the threat be to cause death or grievous hurt, or to cause the destruction of any property by fire, or to cause an offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years, or to impute unchastity to a woman, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, or with fine, or with both.

London Riots, Karachi Riots & Alistair Burt.

KARACHI: The United Kingdom Under-secretary Foreign Affairs Alistair Burt telephoned Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad on Wednesday and discussed the law and order situation in Karachi. The present political situation of Pakistan and of Karachi, in particular, also came under discussion between the two. Burt lauded the efforts ofMQM chief Altaf Hussain in the restoration of peace in the metropolis. He gave an assurance that the UK was ready to help Pakistan in any way to achieve political stability and for the restoration of peace in Karachi. Burt also appreciated the role of all stakeholders in Karachi who are making efforts to restore peace. Ebad apprised Burt that the government was fully cognisant of the situation in Karachi and action was being taken against criminal elements. REFERENCE: Ebad, UK official discuss Karachi situation our correspondent Thursday, August 04, 2011 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrin…ID=7875&Cat=13

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Condemning MQM & Sparing General Musharraf’s Military Regime.

ISLAMABAD, May 12: President Gen Pervez Musharraf on Saturday declared that the pro-government rallies held in Karachi and the federal capital were a clear demonstration of support for him and his policies, and said the killings and violence witnessed in Karachi was mainly because Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry refused to adhere to the administration’s advice of not going to the port city. Addressing a big rally from behind a highly-guarded bullet-proof dais as the prime minister and a host of other government leaders also sat under a protected glass wall, President Musharraf declared that the overwhelming majority in the country was with him. “The people of Pakistan are with me, therefore, I do not see any justification whatsoever to impose emergency,” he said. “But what has happened today in Karachi is because of the chief justice who went there ignoring the advice of the government over the issue,” he asserted. Justifying what he described as his government’s move to counter the opposition-backed chief justice’s campaign of the past few weeks, President Musharraf said it was unfortunate that such a large number of people were killed or maimed in Karachi. But he was quick to hold the opposition parties, and in a way the chief justice, responsible for the violence. They refused to listen to the government’s advice, he said, and what happened in Karachi was the direct result of the adamant attitude of the few who have been running the present campaign against the government. “If they think they are powerful, then they should know that the people’s power is with us,” the president said while describing those attending his rally outside the presidency in Islamabad.
The president dispelled the impression that he was thinking of imposing emergency in the country. And though he described the violent events of Karachi as unfortunate, and the protest campaign by chief justice’s supporters as unreal and unreasonable, he categorically rejected the idea of emergency. “This is the election year, and instead of taking any other action, I am determined to hold free and fair elections for the formation of the next government,” he said. The public gathering in Islamabad, and the president’s justification of the rally organised by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement in Karachi, was a clear demonstration of the government’s latest policy to counter the pro-CJ opposition parties with street power. The rally was attended by tens of thousands of people who had been brought from Punjab and the NWFP by PML leaders and the local government institutions on hundred of buses, wagons and cars.However, the organisers of the pro-Musharraf rally kept claiming that half a million people were attending the public meeting in Islamabad. The president termed the rally as the biggest ever he has seen in his whole life. However, the rally lacked enthusiasm as the people did not respond so loudly to the slogans even chanted by the prime minister and Sheikh Rashid. A fully bullet-proof 19-foot high stage was set for the rally which was also addressed by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, PML president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Illahi, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Yousuf, Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, PML’s NWFP chief Amir Moqam and PML Women Wing president Sumeria Malik. Street lights and powers lights in and around the parliament building, President’s House, Prime Minister’s House, Constitution Avenue and the Blue area remained on almost throughout the day, making the mockery of the government’s decision to conserve energy in the wake of worsening power crisis across Pakistan. The journalist community also protested during the rally over the attack on a private channel in Karachi for which the organisers, especially the Punjab chief minister and Sheikh Rashid condemned the incident and assured that the government would look into the issue. President Musharraf said he believed in rule of law and the supremacy of the judiciary and would readily accept the decision of the Supreme Court over the issue of the chief justice. “Now that the full court will be deciding the issue, the lawyers’ fraternity should stop protesting and stop playing in hands of some disgruntled and unwise people,” he said.He claimed that he enjoyed support of the people and would continue to stand firm against those who were out to play politics by forgetting the national interest. “My heart is weeping over what has happened in Karachi today and beside the death of many people, there have been a loss of property and vehicles.” What was the fault of those poor people whose motorcycles were burnt in Karachi, he asked. He said if the lawyers’ community believed in the independence of the judiciary so did he and that let both work together for what he termed a “noble cause”. He called upon opposition parties to wait for 2007 elections which he assured would be held in a free and fair manner and in accordance with the Constitution. “After a few months, I will be contesting for the second term in office and then the elections of the national and provincial assemblies will be held.” The country, he pointed out, needed to be pulled out from the existing crises and to save the people from extremism which he said was posing a grave threat to everybody. “I am still exercising restraints and avoiding exposing some people,” he said, adding that he was being forced to demonstrate his popularity and strength by holding rallies and public meetings. The president said he did not have any personal agenda to pursue and that he wanted to serve Pakistan for a few more years so that democracy could be strengthened and the fruits of the improved economy could go to the common man. REFERENCE: Musharraf blames CJ for violence By Ihtasham ul Haque May 13, 2007 Sunday Rabi-us-Sani 25, 1428 http://archives.dawn.com/dawnftp/

General Pervez Musharraf 12 May 2007 Speech

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 13 — A day after political clashes claimed 39 lives in Karachi, political analysts said the violence — and accusations that the government had done little to stop the killings — had badly damaged the Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf. News reports said government troops had been in the southern port city, but had not taken action to separate armed bands of pro-government and opposition groups who were shooting at each other. Dawn, an English-language newspaper in Karachi, said troops had “suddenly disappeared from the troubled spots.” The government has not responded to those assertions. The unrest eased Sunday as paramilitary troops patrolled Karachi, the country’s financial hub, and provincial leaders banned public gatherings. But three more people died in sporadic clashes, according to hospital officials. The violent clashes were set off Saturday by the arrival of Pakistan’s suspended Supreme Court chief justice, Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, who had come to address lawyers of the provincial bar association. In March, Mr. Musharraf suspended the justice, who was known for his willingness to take on the government, setting off mostly peaceful protests by lawyers who accused the government of attacking the judiciary’s independence. The president accused the justice of a misuse of power and nepotism, charges that Mr. Chaudhry denies. Analysts said Sunday that the violence in Karachi had significantly worsened the political crisis caused by the justice’s suspension and further weakened Mr. Musharraf. “I think he has completely ruined himself,” said Dr. Rasul Baksh Rais, the head of the department of social sciences at Lahore University of Management Sciences. “The scenes were brutally contrasting. Young men were dying, collapsing before camera in Karachi while people were dancing on the beat of drums in front of the national Parliament,” Mr. Rais said, referring to a state-managed rally arranged by political allies of President Musharraf in Islamabad on Saturday evening. A Sunday editorial in The Daily Times, a leading newspaper in Lahore, said, “The question now is: what course of action is General Musharraf planning to take?” “The possibility of any compromise to correct the original mistake,” the paper said, “has vanished now.” It added that “the ante has been upped by the government.” Karachi has a history of extreme urban violence, including during election campaigns. The clashes on Saturday were between armed groups of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, a political party that controls Karachi and is allied with President Musharraf, and opposition political parties. On Sunday, pro-government and opposition political parties and lawyers for Mr. Chaudhry traded bitter accusations over who was responsible for the weekend’s violence. At a news conference in Islamabad, Mr. Chaudhry’s lawyers blamed the federal government and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement for the bloodshed and said a deliberate attempt had been made to thwart a peaceful address by the justice. “Not a single lamp post was broken during the previous addresses of the chief justice,” said Munir A. Malik, one of Mr. Chaudhry’s lawyers, referring to recent visits by the justice to bar associations across the country. Mr. Malik also said the justice was shoved by government officials at the Karachi airport on Saturday, and he contended that the government officials tried to “kidnap” him by asking him to board a government helicopter. Mr. Malik said Mr. Chaudhry’s lawyers surrounded him, and the confrontation stopped. Retired Brig. Ghulam Mohammad Mohatarem, home secretary of Sindh Province, denied the charges and said the chief justice was “not stopped, but guided” at the airport, according to reports in the local media. Leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement at a news conference in Karachi blamed the violence on the opposition political parties of Pakistan People’s Party, the Pakistan Muslim League, Jamaat-e-Islami, Awami National Party and Sunni Tehreek. The three people who died Sunday were shot during separate incidents of rioting, news reports said. Some reports said one person was killed when police fired to disperse a crowd, but police officials put the blame for the death on “unknown miscreants.” During his time on the bench, Mr. Chaudhry agreed to hear cases involving “forced disappearances.” Those cases were brought by families that believed their relatives were taken by intelligence agencies without due process. The Pakistani Supreme Court was also expected to hear a number of other politically charged cases this year, including one challenging the legality of General Musharraf’s holding the posts of president and army chief simultaneously, and one on whether the present Parliament can re-elect him president. Mr. Musharraf seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999. Previous public stances taken by Mr. Chaudhry implied that the court was unlikely to favor the government line on the president’s maintaining his command of the army and the government. REFERENCES: Pakistani Leader Assailed for Deadly Clashes By SALMAN MASOOD Published: May 13, 2007 http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/13/world/asia/13cnd-pakistan.html?hp  Riots in Karachi leave dozens dead Published: Sunday, May 13, 2007http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/13/world/asia/13iht-pakistan.5.5692979.html  Strike to Protest 39 Deaths Shuts Down Karachi By SALMAN MASOOD Published: May 14, 2007http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/14/world/asia/14cnd-stan.html?_r=1&hp%3Cbr%3E&oref=slogin  Deadly violence erupts in Pakistan May 12, 2007|From Syed Mohsin Naqvi CNN http://articles.cnn.com/2007-05-12/world/pakistan.strife_1_chief-justice-iftikhar-chaudhry-karachi-pakistani-people?_s=PM:WORLD
Way Back in 2007: KARACHI, May 12: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain on Saturday asked Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to resign from his post for violating his oath of office. “Mr Chief Justice, you had breached the oath taken under the Constitution by taking another oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order. I demand that you make an apology to the whole nation for this act, tender resignation and then come forward for the cause of the independence of the judiciary,” he said while addressing a rally called by the party against what was described as political jugglery in the name of the independence of the judiciary.  Mr Hussain was of the view that opposition political and religious parties were using the issue of CJ for dissolution of the government. “This should be stopped forthwith as solidarity of Pakistan lies in a true democratic government,” he added.A large number of people reached M.A. Jinnah Road to take part in the MQM rally. Mr Hussain, who was sad and grieved over the loss of lives on Saturday, said that no untoward incident had taken place in any part of the city but with the landing of CJ’s flight at Karachi Airport the situation started deteriorating. “After noon when the CJ’s plane landed in Karachi, terrorists started targeting MQM rallies in different areas by firing indiscriminately.” He informed the participants that over a dozen workers of the MQM were targeted while hundreds of workers and supporters were injured. However, he declared that nothing could stop the struggle of the MQM for the rights of the oppressed people. The MQM leader said that the Sindh Home Department requested the CJ to cancel his visit to Karachi on the basis of certain intelligence reports but he did not accede to the request. “I believe now you [the Chief Justice] are feeling relaxed after so many people lost their lives due to your programme.” “Mr Chief Justice, kindly recognise political jugglers around you. On the occasion of your arrival, miscreants and enemies of the country killed innocent people,” he said. He wondered why the participants of a procession in Punjab to welcome the CJ in Lahore were raising the slogans of “Go Musharraf Go” instead of “Go Military Go”.
He also asked the legal fraternity why they did not hold rallies and demonstrations when former chief justice Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui and other honorable judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts were asked to take another oath on the PCO which they refused. He said that MQM would support the CJ if he apologised to the nation for taking another oath under the PCO and tender resignation for doing an unconstitutional act. Mr Hussain said that opposition political and religious parties were jealous of rapid development work in Karachi. “Miscreants in the name of the independence of the judiciary tried to engineer Pakhtoon-Mohajir riots in the city but they will not succeed in their evil designs,” he said. He demanded that the judiciary be given independence and all institutions be restricted to their assigned tasks only. He asked the participants to disperse peacefully and not be provoked. REFERENCE: KARACHI: Altaf wants CJ to tender resignation By Our Staff Reporter May 13, 2007 Sunday Rabi-us-Sani 25, 1428http://archives.dawn.com/dawnftp/

ISLAMABAD: The man who has ruled Sindh as a de facto chief minister for many years finally lost his powers on Saturday. Brigadier Huda, who was an ISI commander in Sindh, was in fact the caretaker of the MQM-PML-Q provincial coalition government. He was responsible for running the coalition in a smooth manner. All major decisions were taken after his consultation. He resolved the differences between former CM Arbab Ghulam Rahim and the MQM many a time. Many provincial ministers even used to say “ooper Khuda aur neechay Huda”. The brigadier’s name figured in the power circles of Islamabad in the evening of May 12, 2007. Brigadier Huda was given credit for the show of massive government power in Karachi on that day. Initially, the MQM was reluctant to hold a rally in Karachi on May 12. The then ISI DG Gen Ashfaq Kayani also had the same opinion that the MQM should not come out on the streets when Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry would visit Karachi. It was Huda who played an important role in convincing the MQM not to cancel its rally. He assured the MQM leadership that there will be no riots on that day though he was proved wrong. He was supposed to be very close to the then Army chief General Pervez Musharraf. However, no action was taken against him. REFERENCE: De facto Sindh CM finally transferred Monday, April 21, 2008 By Hamid Mirhttp://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=14221&Cat=13&dt=4/21/2008
The blasts in the rally of Benazir Bhutto on October 18, 2007 in Karachi were another failure of Brigadier Huda. He was responsible for the security of Benazir Bhutto on that day more than anybody else. However, he was not transferred despite his repeated failures. His downfall started on April 9, 2008, when many people including lawyers were killed in the Karachi violence. It was another failure on the part of Huda. The new PPP government in Sindh felt that Brigadier Huda was still having immense political influence. It believed that he was in contact with the anti-PPP forces. Many important bureaucrats reported to the provincial government that Huda was interfering in different departments. He was more interested in “political makings and breakings” than doing his security job. After the episode of April 9, PPP leaders asked ISI Director General Lt Gen Nadeem Taj through the prime minister that Huda must be transferred. It took just a few days and Huda was transferred. He was replaced by another brigadier. The PPP gave a message that it means business and it will not tolerate any ambitious spymasters. There are rumors in the capital that the ISI DG will also be transferred soon but highly-placed sources in the new government dispelled all these rumours. “The prime minister has the authority to change the ISI DG anytime but right now we don’t need to change him,” claimed a top PPP leader. REFERENCE: De facto Sindh CM finally transferred Monday, April 21, 2008 By Hamid Mir http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=14221&Cat=13&dt=4/21/2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A Pakistani court has ordered that former President Pervez Musharraf’s property be seized and his bank accounts frozen in connection with the legal case concerning the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. The court order was issued Saturday by Judge Shahid Raffique at a hearing in Rawalpindi, the garrison city next to Islamabad where Mrs. Bhutto was killed in a gun and suicide bomb attack on Dec. 27, 2007. Mr. Musharraf was charged in the case earlier this year, but he left the country in 2008 under threat of impeachment and has been living in exile in London and Dubai. He has not appeared at any court hearing in the case. During the hearing on Saturday, the judge ordered the Federal Investigation Agency to confiscate all of Mr. Musharraf’s property for failing to respond to subpoenas. At the time of the assassination, Mr. Musharraf’s government had accused the Taliban and Al Qaeda of being behind the plot to kill Mrs. Bhutto, his political rival. A United Nations report released in April 2010 suggested that Pakistani authorities had deliberately failed to effectively investigate the killing, but it did not say who it believed to be responsible for her death. Last October, Mr. Musharraf apologized to Pakistan for what he characterized as mistakes he made in office, and he said he would return to the country in time for elections due by 2013. A spokesman for Mr. Musharraf said that the court’s ruling was “politically motivated.” “We expect no justice from the existing judiciary, which has a strong bias against our leader,” Fawad Chaudhry, a spokesman for Mr. Musharraf’s new political party, the All Pakistan Muslim League, was quoted as saying by the local news media. “We will respond to such bias in the people’s court,” he said. REFERENCE: In Pakistan, Court Moves to Punish Ex-President By SALMAN MASOOD Published: August 28, 2011 A version of this article appeared in print on August 29, 2011, on page A6 of the New York edition with the headline: In Pakistan, Court Moves To Punish Ex-President.http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/29/world/asia/29musharraf.html
 London riots spread to Midlands and north-west on fourth night of trouble – Rioting and looting has spread to towns and cities throughout England, 24 hours after police were accused of losing control of the streets of London. Officers were fighting disturbances in Manchester and Birmingham involving hundreds of youths who set fire to shops and smashed store windows. The fourth night of riots came after David Cameron returned early from his holiday and called on police to be more robust in their response. The Prime Minister announced that the number of officers on the streets of the capital would rise from 6,000 to 16,000 in a bid to stamp out escalating lawlessness. The Metropolitan Police also said it would consider firing plastic bullets, never before used on the mainland, against the rampaging gangs, while police leave was cancelled and special constables drafted in. The Army’s emergency infantry battalion, known as the Spearhead Lead Element, has been put on standby should the civil unrest worsen, The Daily Telegraph has learned. London was placed in lockdown after three nights of anarchy with shops being boarded up early in the afternoon and office workers hurrying home before dark as rumours swirled that mobs were forming at locations throughout the city. But as police officers from 30 forces poured into the capital it became increasingly clear that the tactic had left the provinces exposed. By early evening a number of outbreaks of violence were confirmed. REFERENCE: London riots spread to Midlands and north-west on fourth night of trouble By Martin Beckford, Andrew Hough and Mark Hughes 10:00PM BST 09 Aug 2011http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/8692178/London-riots-spread-to-Midlands-and-north-west-on-fourth-night-of-trouble.html
UK riots Fourth night of violence spreads north

London riots spread

ISLAMABAD: The British government has refused to process warrants against former president Pervez Musharraf in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case, issued by an anti-terrorism court of Pakistan, DawnNews reported. The British Foreign Office informed the Pakistani government that the arrest warrants cannot be processed because there is no official agreement signed between the two countries on prisoner exchange. However, the British Prime Minister David Cameron during his visit to Pakistan had assured Pakistan’s request would be processed. REFERENCES: UK refuses to handover Pervez Musharraf DAWN.COM April 19, 2011http://www.dawn.com/2011/04/19/uk-refuses-to-handover-pervez-musharraf.html  Warrants issued for Musharraf By Mudassir Raja | From the Newspaper February 13, 2011http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/13/warrants-issued-for-musharraf.html

NEW YORK: President All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) and former president Pervez Musharraf, criticizing PML-N’s Nawaz Shaif said, he made a blunder as he messed with four ex-army chiefs, two presidents and the chief justice during his government, Geo News reported Sunday. Musharraf was addressing APML’s mass gathering here on Sunday. Former President, responding to threats of filing a lawsuit incessantly posed to him by Nawaz Sharif, said, “As Nawaz knows that neither will he regain power nor will he be able to try me in a court of law therefore he takes resort to blow this trumpet time and again.” He said he doesn’t regret killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti and attack on Lal Mosque and neither will he seek apology over those actions, adding that he was ready to replicate all what he did during his tenure in the face of similar situation. Musharraf said, on one hand Nawaz Sharif chant slogan of ‘Jaag Punjabi Jaag’ to accumulate votes in Punjab and on the other hand, he has worn criminal silence over killings of Punjabis in Balochistan. Also, Musharraf alleged Nawaz Sharif of handing refuge to Talal Bugti in Lahore whom (Bugti) he termed ‘lawbreaker’. The supporters of PML-N and APML were also present on the occasion and were chanting slogans against chiefs of both parties. REFERENCE: Don’t regret Bugti’s murder: Musharraf Updated at: 1150 PST, Sunday, November 07, 2010 http://www.thenews.com.pk/latest-news/4448.htm  Don’t regret Bugti’s murder: Musharraf Updated at: 1217 PST, Sunday, November 07, 2010 http://www.geo.tv/11-7-2010/74006.htm
Former Chief of the Army Staff General (R) Pervez Musharraf Justifies the “Murder” of Sardar Akbar Bugti

COURTESY: AYANTVUS URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQK3N4dLz8w

The 132-page report documents dozens of                                                     enforced disappearances, in which the authorities take people into custody and then deny all responsibility or knowledge of their fate or whereabouts. The report details 45 alleged cases of enforced disappearances, the majority in 2009 and 2010. While hundreds of people have been forcibly disappeared in Balochistan since 2005, dozens of new enforced disappearances have occurred since Pakistan returned to civilian rule in 2008. REFERENCE: “We Can Torture, Kill, or Keep You for Years” Enforced Disappearances by Pakistan Security Forces in Balochistan July 28, 2011http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/pakistan0711WebInside.pdf
                                                                   ISLAMABAD – British High Commissioner in Pakistan, Adam Thomson has clarified that MQM chief Altaf Hussain has not been arrested nor any restrictions have been placed on his movements. Talking to media at the British High Commission on Monday, the British High Commissioner informed that investigations regarding the murder of Imran Farooq were underway, and despite the fact that it had made some headway, it couldn’t be shared with media as yet. Terming the political situation in Pakistan as quite interesting, he expressed the keen desire of Britain to forge closer, stronger bilateral ties with Pakistan, and said that Pak-British strategic ties would also be further strengthened. Adam Thomson flatly denied any knowledge about any letter written by Altaf Hussain to former British Premier Tony Blair, and advised that it would be better that Altaf Hussain should be contacted in this regard. He said that Pakistani politicians frequently corresponded with the British High Commission, and there was nothing sensational about this fact. He also said that Pakistan was passing through difficult times, and Britain would never abandon Pakistan at this critical hour, and fervently hoped for a political stability in Pakistan. REFERENCE: Altaf neither arrested nor restricted: British HC Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 3:03 am http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/?p=117618http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2011/08/altaf-neither-arrested-nor-restricted-uk-high-commissioner/

Karachi Killing is “Interesting” for the “Great Britain”!
URL: http://youtu.be/jbiUnRQd2Ms

BBC LONDON PUBLISHES THE LETTER:) ’الطاف حسین کا خط، خدمات اور مطالبات‘
آخری وقت اشاعت: منگل 30 اگست 2011 ,‭ 23:29 GMT 04:29 PST
5 December 2001
Members of the British Parliament moved an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons urging Her Majesty’s Government to press the Government of Pakistan not to repeat any army operation similar to that undertaken on 19th. June 1992 against Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM).
The EDM presented in the House of Commons on 3rd. December 2001 read as follows: “That this House looks forward to the return of Pakistan to full membership of the Commonwealth; recalls the commitment made by the President, General Musharraf of a return of democratic government in Pakistan; and urges Her Majesty’s Government to press the Government of Pakistan not to repeat any army operation similar to that undertaken on 19th. June 1992 which resulted in mass arrest, restriction including killing and movement of over 15,000 Mohajirs and supporters of Muttahida Quami Movement”. This appears in the Notices of Motions: 3rd December 2001 and the number of the item is 505.
House of Commons
Muttahida Quami Movement, having received the information of the launching of an “Army Operation”, more brutal then the one launched on 19th. June 1992 informed the Members of the British Parliament to take pro-active measures to stop the blood shed of innocent Mohajirs (Urdu-speaking Sindhis) in general and the leaders, office bearers, workers supporters and their relatives in particular. The “Army Operation” that was launched on 19th. June 1992 and continuing unabated in one form or the other resulted in the extra-judicial, summary and arbitrary executions of over 15,000 Mohajirs including the leaders, office bearers, workers, supporters and their relatives and Mr Nasir Hussain (66) and Mr Arif Hussain (28), brother and nephew of Mr Altaf Hussain, founder and leader of the MQM. During the Operation arbitrary arrests, torture in custody and custodial deaths were daily occurrences. “Disappearances” of Mohajirs in general and MQM workers and supporters was a daily routine. Siege and Search operations by the Army, Para-Military Rangers, Police, Frontier Constabulary and Intelligence Agencies were order of the day. Widespread rapes and gang rapes and extortion by the personnel of the Army, Para-Military Rangers, Police and other law enforcement agencies was committed and practiced. The “Army and State Operations” rendered millions of Mohajirs destitute and thousands of Mohajirs forcibly evicted and displaced from the “No-Go Areas” of Landhi, Lines Area, Malir, Korangi, Shah Faisal Colony and part of Liaquatabad in Karachi. Thousands of Mohajirs and MQM leaders, office bearers and workers were arbitrarily arrested and jailed without charges, concocted charges and without due process of law including the MQM parliamentarians, some of them are in arbitrary detention, even today. Thousands of Mohajirs and MQM leaders, office bearers and workers were and are forced to live in hiding or in exile for the fear of their life and liberty. Thousands have been maimed for life during torture in custody of the state.
MQM has always pressed on the demand to establish a genuine “Democratic Middle Class Order” and the end of the prevalent corrupt and kleptomaniac feudal-cum-military rule and manipulated “Democracy” in Pakistan. This rule and the system have repeatedly failed the people and the country during the testing hours of the nation. The creation and patronisation of Taliban, proliferation of terrorism in the name of Jihad, state terrorism inflicted on its ethno-linguistic and cultural nations of the smaller provinces particularly in Sindh and Balochistan provinces and the defeat of its foreign and military policy in Afghanistan are the glaring examples of the failings of the policymakers and the rulers of Pakistan.

The Members of the British Parliament who were already well informed about the brutalities and atrocities subjected to the Mohajirs and the MQM leaders and workers during the State terrorism committed since 19th. June 1992 were petrified having learnt the news of the fresh “Army Operation” against the MQM. The Members of the Co-ordination Committee expressed their gratitude to the Members of the British Parliament over their concerns and efforts to stop Mohajirs and MQM being subjected to the state terrorism, once again.



Gen. Zia chose Gen. Musharraf (then a Brigadier) in 1987 to command a newly-raised Special Services Group (SSG) base at Khapalu in the Siachen area. To please Gen. Zia, Gen. Musharraf with his SSG commandos launched an attack on an Indian post at Bilfond La in September, 1987,and was beaten back. Despite this, he continued to enjoy the confidence of Zia.

                                                                                      Gen. Musharraf has since then spent seven years in two tenures with the SSG and prides himself on being an SSG commando and projects himself as the greatest expert of the Pakistan Army in mountain warfare. When he recently received Gen. Anthony Zinni, the Commanding Officer of the US Central Command, he was dressed as an SSG Commando. In May,1988, the Shias, who are in a majority in Gilgit, rose in revolt against the Sunni-dominated administration. Zia put an SSG group commanded by Gen. Musharraf in charge of suppressing the revolt. Gen. Musharraf transported a large number of Wahabi Pakhtoon tribesmen from the NWFP and Afghanistan, commanded by bin Laden, to Gilgit to teach the Shias a lesson. These tribesmen under bin Laden massacred hundreds of Shias. In its issue of May,1990, “Herald”, the monthly journal of the “Dawn” group of publications of Karachi, wrote as follows: ” In May,1988, low-intensity political rivalry and sectarian tension ignited into full-scale carnage as thousands of armed tribesmen from outside Gilgit district invaded Gilgit along the Karakoram Highway. Nobody stopped them. They destroyed crops and houses, lynched and burnt people to death in the villages around Gilgit town. The number of dead and injured was put in the hundreds. But numbers alone tell nothing of the savagery of the invading hordes and the chilling impact it has left on these peaceful valleys.” Gen. Musharraf started a policy of bringing in Punjabis and Pakhtoons from outside and settling them down in Gilgit and Baltistan in order to reduce the Kashmiri Shias to a minority in their traditional land and this is continuing till today. The “Friday Times” of October 15-21, 1992, quoted Mr. Muhammad Yahya Shah, a local Shia leader, as saying: ” We were ruled by the Whites during the British days. We are now being ruled by the Browns from the plains. The rapid settling-in of Punjabis and Pakhtoons from outside, particularly the trading classes, has created a sense of acute insecurity among the local Shias.” Zia became the first victim of the carnage unleashed by Gen. Musharraf on the Shias of Gilgit. Though the Pakistani authorities have not released the report of the committee, which enquired into the crash of Zia’s plane in August,1988, it is widely believed in Pakistan that a Shia airman from Gilgit, wanting to take revenge for the May,1988, carnage, was responsible for the crash. REFERENCE: Talibanisation of the heart — by Dr. Abbas Zaidi, The writer is a researcher and has a PhD in sociolinguistics DATED 24 August 2010http://criticalppp.com/archives/21850 Biography of General Pervez Musharraf: His Past and Presenthttp://www.angelfire.com/al4/terror/musharraf.htm
                                                                                  In 1988, there was a violent uprising of the Shias in Gilgit, which was ruthlessly suppressed by Musharraf, who was given the task of dealing with the revolt by Zia-ul-Haq. Musharraf had a large number of Sunni Pashtun tribesmen from the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) led by Osama bin Laden brought into Gilgit. They carried out a massacre of the Shias in the NA as well as the adjoining NWFP areas. It is believed by many in Pakistan that the crash of the aircraft in which Zia was travelling from Bahawalpur in August 1988 resulting in his death was caused by a Shia airman from Gilgit sympathetic to the TJP in retaliation for this massacre. To keep the Shias of Gilgit under control, Musharraf encouraged the the SSP, which had come into existence in the Punjab in the early 1980s at the instance of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), to extend its activities amongst the Sunni population of Gilgit and to politically organise them against the the TJP. Since then, there have frequently been clashes between the TJP and the SSP followers in Gilgit, the latest outbreak of such violent incidents having taken place in June, 2001, before Musharraf’s visit to India for the summit talks with Mr.A.B.Vajpayee, the Indian Prime Minister. REFERENCE: Musharraf�s Ban: An Analysis Author: B.Raman Publication: South Asia Analysis Group Date: January 18, 2002 URL:http://www.saag.org/papers4/paper395.htmlhttp://www.hvk.org/articles/0102/71.html The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, and, presently, Director,Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai.


General Musharraf’s 12 October 1999 Mutiny (Baghawat)

Why the Pakistani Military used to Support Taliban, Several Sectarian Outfits and Lashkar-e-Tayyaba before 911? And while the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi stand officially disbanded, their most militant son and leader, Maulana Azam Tariq, an accused in several cases of sectarian killing, contested elections from jail – albeit as an independent candidate – won his seat, and was released on bail shortly thereafter. Musharraf rewrote election rules to disqualify former Prime Ministers Mohammed Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto, and threatened to toss them in jail if they returned from abroad, which badly undermined both Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League and Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Musharraf has plainly given the religious groups more free rein in the campaign than he has allowed the two big parties that were his main rivals. In Jhang city, in Punjab province, Maulana Azam Tariq, leader of an outlawed extremist group called Sipah-e-Sahaba, which has been linked to numerous sectarian killings, is being allowed to run as an independent despite election laws that disqualify any candidate who has criminal charges pending, or even those who did not earn a college degree. “It makes no sense that Benazir can’t run in the election,” says one Islamabad-based diplomat, “and this nasty guy can.”

References: And this takes me back to Pervez Musharraf’s first visit to the US after his coup. At a meeting with a group of journalists among whom I was present, my dear and much lamented friend Tahir Mirza, then the Dawn correspondent, asked Musharraf why he was not acting against Lashkar-e Tayba and Jaish-e Muhammad. Musharraf went red in the face and shot back, “They are not doing anything in Pakistan. They are doing jihad outside.” Pakistani neocons and UN sanctions Khalid Hasan This entry was posted on Sunday, December 28th, 2008 at 6:00 pm. http://www.khalidhasan.net/2008/12/28/pakistani-neocons-and-un-sanctions/ For The ‘General’ Good By Sairah Irshad Khan Monthly Newsline January 2003http://www.newsline.com.pk/newsJan2003/cover1jan2003.htm – General’s Election By TIM MCGIRK / KHANA-KHEL Monday, Oct. 07, 2002 http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,361788,00.html – MORE DETAILS: General Musharraf, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Brigadier [R] Usman Khalid & Deobandi Taliban.http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/02/general-musharraf-colonel-muammar.html
 We can easily say that the the latest reveleation is the last nail in the coffin of our so-called Startegic Depth. REFERENCE: Passport of 9/11 conspirator found in Waziristan By Zahid Hussain Friday, 30 Oct, 2009http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/06-passport-of-9-11-conspirator-found-in-waziristan-rs-02 The 9-11 Commission Report
Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Official Government Edition http://www.gpoaccess.gov/911/index.html

German intelligence is periodically tapping suspected al-Qaeda operative Mohammed Haydar Zammar’s telephone. On this day, investigators hear a caller being told Zammar is at a meeting with “Mohamed, Ramzi, and Said,” and can be reached at the phone number of the Marienstrasse apartment where all three of them live. This refers to Mohamed Atta, Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, and Said Bahaji, all members of the Hamburg al-Qaeda cell. However, apparently the German police fail to grasp the importance of these names, even though Said Bahaji is also under investigation. [ASSOCIATED PRESS, 6/22/2002; NEW YORK TIMES, 1/18/2003] Atta’s last name is given as well. Agents check the phone number and confirm the street address, but it is not known what they make of the information. [DER SPIEGEL (HAMBURG), 2/3/2003]. REFERENCE: Context of ‘February 17, 1999: Germans Intercept Al-Qaeda Calls, One Mentions Atta’s Name’http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a021799phonecalls#a021799phonecalls

                                                                                      Pakistan’s chief spy Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad “was in the US when the attacks occurred.” He arrived in the US on the 4th of September, a full week before the attacks. He had meetings at the State Department “after” the attacks on the WTC. But he also had “a regular visit of consultations” with his US counterparts at the CIA and the Pentagon during the week prior to September 11. REFERENCE: Cover-up or Complicity of the Bush Administration? The Role of Pakistan’s Military Intelligence (ISI) in the September 11 Attacks by Michel Chossudovsky Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG), Montréal Posted at globalresearch.ca 2 November 2001http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO111A.html
Michel Chossudovsky is Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa. TFF Associateshttp://www.transnational.org/SAJT/tff/people/m_chossudovsky.html
AFTER 9/11.
In the afternoon, Mahmood was invited to CIA headquarters at Langley, Virginia, where he told George Tenet, the CIA director, that in his view Mullah Omar, the Taliban chief, was a religious man with humanitarian instincts and not a man of violence! This was a bit difficult for the CIA officials to digest and rightly so as the Taliban’s track record, especially in the realm of human rights, was no secret. General Mahmood was told politely but firmly that Mullah Omar and the Taliban would have to face US Military might if Osama Bin Laden along with other Al-Qaeda leaders were not handed over without delay. To send the message across clearly, Richard Armitage held a second meeting with Mahmood the same day, informing him that he would soon be handed specific American demands, to which Mahmood reiterated that Pakistan would cooperate. {Bush at War by Bob Woodward, published by Simon & Schuster, 2002, New York}, p 32. {Pakistan: Eye of the Storm by Owen Bennett Jones, published by New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002}, p. 2.
General Mahmood on September 13, 2001, was handed a formal list of the US demands by Mr. Armitage and was asked to convey these to Musharraf and was also duly informed, for the sake of emphasis, that these were “not negotiable.” Colin Powell, Richard Armitage, and the assisstant secretary of state, Christina Rocca, had drafted the list in the shape of a “non-paper”. It categorically asked Pakistan:

Stop Al-Qaeda operatives coming from Afghanistan to Pakistan, intercept arms shipments through Pakistan, and end ALL logistical support for Osama Bin Laden.
Give blanket overflight and landing rights to US aircraft.
Give the US access to Pakistani Naval and Air Bases and to the border areas betweeen Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Turn over all the intelligence and immigration information.
Condemn the September 11 attacks and curb all domestic expressions of support for terrorism.
Cut off all shipments of fuel to the Talibans, and stop Pakistani volunteers from going into Afghanistan to join the Taliban. Note that, should the evidence strongly implicate Osama Bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda Network in Afghanistan, and should the Taliban continue to harbour him and his accomplices, Pakistan will break diplomatic relations with the Taliban regime, end support for the Taliban, and assist the US in the aforementioned ways to destroy Osama and his network.

Having gone through the list, Mahmood declared that he was quite clear on the subject and that “he knew how the President thought, and the President would accept these points.” {Bush at War by Bob Woodward, published by Simon & Schuster, 2002, New York}, p 58-59. Interview: Richard Armitage, “Campaign Against Terror,” PBS (Frontline), April 19, 2002}

Mahmood then faxed the document to Musharraf. While the latter was going through it and in the process of weighing the pros and cons of each demand, his aide de camp that Colin Powell was on the line. Musharraf liked and respected Powell, and the conversation was not going to be a problem. He told him that he understood and appreciated the US position, but he would respond to the US demands after having discussed these with his associates. Powell was far too polite to remind him that he in fact was the government, but did inform him that his General in Washington had already assured them that these demands would be acceptable to the government of Pakistan. {Pakistan’s Drift into Extremism : Allah, the Army, and America’s War on Terror by Hassan Abbas, published by An East Gate Book , M.E. Sharpe Armonk, New York. London, England.}. NOTES/REFERENCES – Pakistan: Eye of the Storm by Owen Bennett Jones, published by New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002. Interview: Richard Armitage, “Campaign Against Terror,” PBS (Frontline), April 19, 2002; last accessed June 2, 2003, athttp://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/campaign/interviews/armitage.htm Bush at War by Bob Woodward, published by Simon & Schuster, 2002, New York. Pakistan’s Drift into Extremism : Allah, the Army, and America’s War on Terror by Hassan Abbas, published by An East Gate Book , M.E. Sharpe Armonk, New York. London, England

                                                                                                 Well here we go again, another general (shorn of his uniform) has suddenly found ‘ghairat (Honour)’ and now is ‘feeling’ the waters in the media so that he also can be considered as a defence analyst like many others before him but this ‘johnny’ has gone a step further by claiming that the corps commanders of the army were not ‘consulted’ by Gen. Musharraf (who was CoAS and Chief Executive at the time of 911) and he [Lt. General (Retd). Shahid Aziz] did not agree with the decision of the CoAS and Chief Executive to throw Pakistan’s support behind the US war on terror (ref; DAWN-TV program In Focus dated 9-12-2009). When in the army you are allowed to ‘disagree’ or ‘agree’. After serving 38 years in the army and ending as CGS at his last posting, he still doesn’t understand the fact that in the army the culture is ‘Top Down’ and you obey the orders or you are shown the bloody door. Person who opposed his chief in some high profile decision then why didn’t he resigned before his term as Corps Commander or how could he later became the head of his accountable institution?
Gen (R) Shahid Aziz in Islamabad Tonight – 1 (13th May 2010)
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6kpHJTh9hU
Gen (R) Shahid Aziz in Islamabad Tonight – 2 (13th May 2010)
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds4QVemRyJI
Gen (R) Shahid Aziz in Islamabad Tonight – 3 (13th May 2010)
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gtmYLclKRs
Gen (R) Shahid Aziz in Islamabad Tonight – 4 (13th May 2010)
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0m-p5soEjNo
Gen (R) Shahid Aziz in Islamabad Tonight – 5 (13th May 2010)
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjKNhDpYYfo
Lieutenant General Shahid Aziz is a retired Pakistan Army general who served as the commander of the IV Corps (Lahore) from December 2003 to October 2005. After retiring from the army, he was appointed Chairman of the National Accountability Bureau, a post he left in May 2007. His illustrious military career has placed him in pivotal posts during critical periods in Pakistan over the last decade. In 1998, he found himself involved in Pakistan’s nuclear tests as Director of Military Operations. During the Kargil conflict of 1999, he served as DG of the ISI’s Analysis Wing. That same year, he was appointed to the role of DG Military Operations where he played a crucial role in the counter-coup that brought President Musharraf to power. After the events of 9/11, he was serving as Chief of General Staff at GHQ when the US deployed its forces to Afghanistan. He finally retired from the army in 2005 after having held the post of Lahore Corps Commander for two years. REFERENCE: THE INSIDER BRIEF – Lt. Gen. Shahid Azizhttp://www.pakintel.com/guests/shahid-aziz/
As per 1973 Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan
6. (1) Any person who abrogates or attempts or conspires to abrogate, subverts or attempts or conspires to subvert the Constitution by use of force or show of force or by other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason.
(2) Any person aiding or abetting the acts mentioned in clause (1) shall likewise be guilty of high treason.
(3) [Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament)] shall by law provide for the punishment of persons found guilty of high treason.
Definition of Accomplice: An accomplice is a person who actively participates in the commission of a crime, even though they take no part in the actual criminal offense.
Gen (R) Shahid Aziz in Islamabad Tonight – 1 (1st Dec 2009)
Gen (R) Shahid Aziz in Islamabad Tonight – 2 (1st Dec 2009)
Gen (R) Shahid Aziz in Islamabad Tonight – 3 (1st Dec 2009)
Gen (R) Shahid Aziz in Islamabad Tonight – 4 (1st Dec 2009)

Lt. Gen (Retd) Shahid Aziz too is a relative of President General Pervez Musharraf. A fact Gen Musharraf has himself mentioned in his memoir ‘In the Line of Fire’ (page 121). Gen Musharraf dubbed Shahid Aziz as the centre for the counter coup operation in 1999 after whose success General Musharraf took over. Musharraf wrote: “The DGMO — in this case Shahid Aziz — is the officer on whose orders the army moves, for his advice is regarded as orders from the chief. REFERENCE: A new civilian face The first time in eight years a civil bureaucrat has been appointed as chairman NAB. A review of the bureau’s performance so far By Nadeem Iqbal http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/jul2007-weekly/nos-22-07-2007/enc.htm#1

                                                                                           Lets see as to how General Musharraf and his Illegal and Rampant Military Regime conducted the Across the Board Accountability and that too after violating article 6 of 1973 Constitution of Pakistan i.e. by Imposing Martial Law and sacking an Elected Government of Mr Nawaz Sharif. The National Accountability Bureau is Pakistan’s apex anti-corruption organization. It is charged with the responsibility of elimination of corruption through a holistic approach of awareness, prevention and enforcement. It operates under the National Accountability Ordinance-1999, with its headquarter at Islamabad. REFERENCES: http://www.nab.gov.pk/ MORE DETAILS ON DRACONIAN NATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY BUREAU: Human Rights Developmentshttp://www.hrw.org/legacy/wr2k1/asia/pakistan.html Special Corruption Courts in Asiahttp://www.u4.no/helpdesk/helpdesk/queries/query19.cfm Pakistan Country Reports on Human Rights Practices Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor 2002 March 31, 2003http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2002/18314.htm
Watch the video clip and then go through every line [do read the same General praising General Musharraf in Daily Jang DATED Tuesday, September 16, 2008, Ramazan 15, 1429 A.H http://jang.com.pk/jang/sep2008-daily/16-09-2008/main3.htm right after the video clip and see for yourself that this General changes colour faster than Chameleon!
Lt. Gen Shahid Aziz reveal truth about Musharraf on US Air Bases
www.youtube.com/watchFIqcAvLSIg [Same General praising General Musharraf in Daily Jang DATED Tuesday, September 16, 2008, Ramazan 15, 1429 A.Hhttp://jang.com.pk/jang/sep2008-daily/16-09-2008/main3.htm] Same General under enquiry for misuse of Power while in National Accountability Bureau Daily Jang Dated Tuesday, December 08, 2009, Zil’Hajj 20, 1430 A.H http://jang.com.pk/jang/dec2009-daily/08-12-2009/main4.htm ”                                                                             UNQUOTE”Why didn’t Shahid Aziz resign? He kept on serving the same Musharraf for Five more years. Isn’t it strange?Lt. Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz who, after having served as Chief of General Staff (CGS) and Corps Commdander under Gen Musharraf, was appointed Chairman of NAB, believes had he and the accountability bureau been given an opportunity to proceed against corrupt politicians and their cronies, the future of the country would have been secured. – Lt-Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz was removed from the post of chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) because he was about to expose names of top politicians involved in major scandals, informed sources told Dawn on Wednesday. They said the former NAB chairman was investigating involvement of some top politicians, including President Asif Ali Zardari, Mian Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Humayum Akhtar in scams relating to sugar, edible oil, stock exchange and petroleum products. – ‘Tariq Aziz called me up again to say that we have discussed and decided that if you don’t close the cases, you can resign. I asked who these ‘we’ who have decided so are. Tariq Aziz said, Tariq Aziz, Gen Hamid Javed and Gen Kiyani (the then ISI chief). He, however requested that instead of destabilising the government through resignation, you (Gen Aziz) should go on a two-month leave on medical grounds and then resign. – ISLAMABAD, Dec 6: The decision to allow US forces to use Pakistani airports and other facilities for operations against Taliban in Afghanistan was taken by former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf unilaterally without taking corps commanders into confidence.This has been revealed by former chief of general staff and corps commander Lt-Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz in an interview with Dawn. He said in fact most of the decisions regarding Pakistan’s support to the US were taken by the former president without the knowledge of top military brass. He said that Gen Musharraf had not taken corps commanders into confidence before giving control of Jacobabad and Pasni airports to the US. He said the then director-general military operations, the CGS (Shahid Aziz), and the DGs of ISI and MI were told about giving only “touch down” facilities to US helicopters in case of emergency landing for medical reasons and that too when Jacobabad airport had already been handed over to the US forces. REFERENCES: ‘Former NAB chief removed to protect top politicians’ By Syed Irfan Raza Thursday, 26 Nov, 2009 http://archives.dawn.com/archives/133712  – Musharraf stopped probes, says ex-chief of NAB By Khaleeq Kiani Sunday, 06 Dec, 2009  http://archives.dawn.com/archives/37897  – Musharraf alone took decision to let US use airports By Our Staff Reporter Monday, 07 Dec, 2009

NOW READ THE SAME GENERAL IN 2008: SLAMABAD: Ex-CGS Lt-Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz gives more facts about Army-US relations Former chief of the general staff Lt-Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz on Monday issued a statement in continuation of his interview with Ansar Abbasi of The News, published on Sunday. He said: “The US invasion of Afghanistan and our involvement in this war were very difficult events to handle. The U-turn after 9/11 was a complex and historic decision. There were great reservations within the Army with what we had to do, but it was understood that in the national interest we had to take the events into account and do what was to be done. Within such psychological dynamics, Gen Musharraf had to handle the nation as well as the armed forces, and pull us through the crisis. What pressures and compulsions he had to balance cannot be understood by those who have not been in that position. Those were unique times and had their unique compulsions. “There was no formal agreement undertaken by the Army for operations in Fata. If there was any such agreement at the government level, the GHQ was not aware of it. When decisions were made at the government level, departments concerned, including the Army, were informed of their part in the process. All that transpired between Washington and Islamabad on the war on terror was not shared with the Army, since the canvas at the national level was far wider than that of the Army. This does not imply that the Army as an institution was kept in the dark. Regular corps commanders’ conferences were held in which the president talked at length on these important issues.  Capital Talk – Part 1 (7 Dec 2009)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4UI1TBwkFc  Capital Talk – Part 2 (7 Dec 2009) RL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWx3rRyOAaQ “                                                                                                                   In my capacity as chief of the general staff, I was handling a selected sphere of issues related to the war on terror. I could only speak from my purview. The government had its own very wide perspective, and the ISI had its own mandate. To ask me if I was aware of the Pakistanis which were handed over by us to the US, I could only respond that the militant prisoners taken by the Army were handed over to the ISI for interrogation. Beyond that is not in my knowledge. “However, one thing is sure that it was Gen Musharraf’s stated policy that no Pakistani would be handed over to the Americans. As for the foreigners, the policy was that they would be handed over to their respective countries. It was much later that one read of Pakistani prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, and yes we all felt very bad about it. “These were, most likely, those arrested from Afghanistan; however, if ISI was involved in their handing over, it was certainly in violation of the government policy. Gen Musharraf was quite emphatic about this policy of not handing over Pakistanis to any foreign country. In fact a team led by an Army colonel visited Guantanamo to find out if any Pakistanis were imprisoned there and to arrange for their release and return to their homes. Likewise, the cooperation with the CIA, through the ISI, did provide the Army useful information regarding the presence of foreigners in Fata. This was necessitated because of the superiority of their technical intelligence means, which also included drones flown over Fata for intelligence purposes. These were tactical matters coordinated at lower levels, and did not require presidential clearance. Despite our reservations, there was little we could do to prevent this. “The colour of the article, as it has appeared in the paper, is much different than what I had meant or even implied. Gen Musharraf has a great contribution in leading the nation through a critical juncture of our history, and we should thank him, at least, for buying us the additional time to make us strategically a far stronger nation than we were seven years ago. Those who are concerned with Pakistan’s security will realise this and the fact that he refused to be pushed beyond a certain point under continuous US pressure on Pakistan “to do more”. Ansar Abbasi adds: Since Lt-Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz has not denied the content of his interview and since he has reconfirmed most of its points, there will be no point in stating that The News and I stand by our report. Source: Ex-CGS gives more facts about Army-US relations News Desk Tuesday, September 16, 2008 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=136075&Cat=2&dt=9/16/2008 The News, 16/9/2008 http://www.opfblog.com/4584/islamabad-ghq-had-strongly-opposed-handing-over-pakistanis-to-us-says-lt-gen-retd-shahid-aziz-2/
                                                                            ISLAMABAD: GHQ had strongly opposed handing over Pakistanis to US, says Lt Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz By Ansar Abbasi Lt Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz, who served as the Chief of General Staff (CGS) from Oct 2001 to Dec 2003, revealed that the Army as an institution was in complete dark about what was going on between Washington and Islamabad on the war on terror and the GHQ and top Army commanders had strongly opposed the handing over of Pakistanis to the US, but Musharraf did so on his own. Shahid Aziz confirmed that though the office of the CGS in the GHQ was considered to be the nerve centre in the Army, the GHQ did not know most of the controversial things Musharraf did, including the handing over of Pakistani nationals to the Americans. All attempts to get an official version of the Pakistan Army through the director general of the ISPR could not succeed until the filing of this report. The retired general told The News on Saturday that while the Pakistan Army used to catch the targeted foreigners and locals and handed them over to the ISI for interrogation, they were handed over to the Americans without the knowledge of the Army. The Army, he said, had made it clear that no Pakistani would be delivered to the US authorities while the problematic Arabs would be deported to their respective countries. “We did not know for a long time that the Pakistani nationals were being handed over to the Americans by the ISI,” he said, adding that it caused a lot of resentment in the top echelons of the Pakistan Army when they found this was happening. He said that Musharraf had got the ISI engaged to collaborate with the American CIA without the knowledge of the rest of Pakistan Army. Capital Talk – Part 3 (7 Dec 2009) URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJTn02yKo_4 Capital Talk – Part 4 (7 Dec 2009)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H12LR48hE0                                                                                                                               Musharraf, during his rule, had also allowed the US drones to use the Pakistani airspace for intelligence sharing besides permitting the American intelligence agencies, the CIA and the FBI, to recruit their agents in the tribal belt of Pakistan, he said. Shahid Aziz disclosed that the drones were permitted to use the country’s airspace despite strong opposition from the GHQ, but still General Musharraf granted this permission. Interestingly, the same drones have carried out most of the US-led coalition strikes inside Pakistan, killing hundreds of people, including innocent women and children. He disclosed that during his tenure, there had been no agreement between the Pakistan Army and Washington on the war on terror, rather Musharraf was directly dealing with the Americans. Shahid Aziz, who enjoyed an exceptional reputation in the Army, disclosed that when initially consulted after 9/11, the top commanders had decided that the Pakistan Army would remain out of the conflict. However, later because of compromises by Musharraf, the Army was dragged in and the situation was such that one hand of the Pakistan Army did not know what the other hand was assigned or doing. Musharraf had compartmentalised the Army to such an extent that even the CGS would not know many things directly assigned by the Army chief to other departments. Shahid Aziz, who also served as the chairman NAB but resigned early last year when asked to close the special NAB cell probing corruption cases against Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari, explained that since the former Army chief was also in the government, the Army as an institution was not consulted on many things that were being agreed between Islamabad and Washington. After 9/11, he said, the Army was told that Washington did not want foreigners like Arabs, Uzbeks, Tajiks, etc in the tribal areas of Pakistan. When the issue was discussed in the GHQ, he said, the Army decided to ensure that these foreigners, most of them had settled in Pakistan, were forced to remain quiet. REFERENCE: GHQ had strongly opposed handing over Pakistanis to US Ansar Abbasi Sunday, September 14, 2008 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=17248&Cat=13&dt=9/14/2008 The News, 14/9/2008 http://www.opfblog.com/4582/islamabad-ghq-had-strongly-opposed-handing-over-pakistanis-to-us-says-lt-gen-retd-shahid-aziz/
                                                                                           ISLAMABAD: Investigation into alleged misuse of powers by the former chairman of the NAB Let Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz have been started. According to sources, Shahid Aziz had allotted quota of LPG for himself, while his son-in-law purchased a few plots from three housing societies for a few lakhs and sold it for millions of rupees, while the societies had allegedly given his son-in-law special discount. He has also been accused that he had gotten five-kanal house, whose market monthly rent was Rs 0.4 or 0.5 million, on monthly rent of 60,000 and had taken away its furniture of Rs 15 million when he left it. According to sources, a fraud has been detected in registry of the land on which the former chairman is constructing a house. The government ordered an investigation against the former NAB chairman and while the NAB has received all details of his steps and the cases closed during his tenure. Shahid rejected all the allegations being levelled against him. He said after his removal as NAB chairman, he got money of his son-in-law with great difficulty and the market rent of the house was Rs500,00, which was shown as 0.4 or 0.5 million rupees. The house was also not furnished. He said the house had air conditioners and heaters, rented it at Rs 70,000 per month instead of Rs 50,000 rupees and its rent was paid by the NAB. He rejected the allegation that he had stolen furniture while vacating the house. He said he had no house when he was transferred to Lahore and used to live at the house of his daughter. REFERENCE: Probe against Gen Shahid Aziz begins Wednesday, December 09, 2009  http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=212442&Cat=2&dt=12/9/2009  CLRIFICATION OF THE SAME GENERAL IN THE SAME NEWSPAPER – DAILY JANG –                                                                   


PTI chief urges govt to allow opening of Pakistani Taliban office.

PTI chairman Imran Khan speaking to media representatives after visiting injured persons of the Peshawar church bombing at the Lady Reading Hospital. — Online photo
PTI chairman Imran Khan speaking to media representatives after visiting injured persons of the Peshawar church bombing at the Lady Reading Hospital. — Online photo
PTI chairman Imran Khan inquiring about the health of twin blast victims at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar. — Online photo
PTI chairman Imran Khan inquiring about the health of twin blast victims at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar. — Online photo

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday urged the government to declare a ceasefire if it was serious about holding peace talks with militants in Pakistan.

The PTI chief also called on the government to allow militants to open an office in Pakistan similar to the Afghan Taliban office in Qatar to facilitate the dialogue process, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives after visiting injured persons of the Peshawar church bombing at the Lady Reading Hospital, Khan said that on one hand, there were talks of holding negotiations whereas on the other, war was still ongoing. How would it be possible to hold peace talks, he questioned.

The PTI chairman moreover said that after the fourth All Parties Conference (APC), it was decided to hold peace talks; however no solutions had come about.

Khan stressed that the government should take negotiations seriously, adding that it should declare a ceasefire.

Furthermore, he also said that the government should allow militants to establish a political office in Pakistan to hold peace talks in the absence of which negotiations would not be possible and the decade-long war against terrorism would continue.

While discussing the Peshawar church bombing which killed 81 people, Khan alleged that the tragedy had been politicised. He said 170 blasts had taken place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the past nine years under previous governments, but PTI had not politicised those tragedies.

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Pakistan’s Imran Khan slams U.S. War on terror.


‘A military solution Is a disaster for the U.S.,’ Khan tells CBC’s Evan Solomon.

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  • The war on terror has been a costly failure and the use of drones is ratcheting up anti-Americanism and militants, says a popular politician vying to be Pakistan’s next leader.

    In an interview on CBC News Network’s Power & Politics, Imran Khan said he’s the only leader promoting a peaceful solution to the decade-long conflict — and that his push for talks with the Taliban has wrongly branded him a pro-jihadist.

    The founder of the Movement of Justice Party told host Evan Solomon he wants to spread the word to governments around the world — including Canada’s — that much blood has been spilled and money thrown “down the drain” in a costly war that will only be resolved through negotiations with the Taliban.

    “Trillions of dollars spent. God knows how many hundreds and thousands of people killed. Is the world any safer?” he said.

    Khan, visiting Toronto to speak about his country and raise funds for his political party, has said in the past he would shoot down American drones in Pakistan’s tribal areas. He told Solomon that if he’s elected, he would try to convince Western political leaders they are driving anti-Americanism and helping militants, and if they continued, he would take his case to the United Nations to have it recognized as a breach of sovereignty.


    U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney both support the use of drones as a tightly controlled strategy that pre-empts more intrusive military actions.

    Khan, once a famous cricket star, entered politics in 1996 and has been slowly building up a base of supporters with his outspoken condemnation of the war in neighbouring Afghanistan.


While he’s been dubbed “Taliban Khan,” Khan insists he is not promoting violent tactics, but a peaceful resolution through dialogue with the people in Taliban tribal areas.

“Military strategy by itself has failed, and sadly, people like us who advocate a political settlement are called pro-Taliban,” he said. “If you win them over to your side, you win the war. If you push them on to the other side, it’s a never-ending war.”

Accused of failing to condemn the Taliban shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, he rejected the claims as “blatant propaganda.”

If elected, he said, he would be a friend of the U.S., but not “a stooge.”

“A friend should tell the other friend what is good for them. A military solution is a disaster for the U.S., it’s a disaster for the people of Pakistan.”Romney-Obama

Asked by Solomon which U.S. presidential candidate he’d prefer to see in office, Obama or Romney, Khan remained coy.

“I would like that president to win the election who gives peace a chance, who stops this war on terror which is destroying my country, which is causing more anti-Americanism,” he said.

Imran Khan Draws 500 Pakistani-Americans in Silicon Valley.

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“We will rid the country of corruption within the first 90 days in office…I condemned the attack on Malala within 48 hours and was the first to visit her in the hospital…Taliban have killed hundreds of ANP workers…If I condemn the Taliban, they’ll kill my workers too.” PTI Chief Imran Khan in San Jose, CA. Oct 28, 2012

There were many contradictions in PTI chief Imran Khan’s San Jose speech that attracted about 500 Pakistani-Americans. The attendees were quite enthusiastic in their welcome of the national cricket hero who has turned to politics with a strong anti-corruption platform. Imran was accompanied by PTI leader Fauzia Kasuri and sufi rock singer- songwriter Salman Ahmad of Junoon fame.

When Imran Khan arrived, the fundraiser-dinner quickly turned into an urban middle class rally reminiscent of the PTI events in major Pakistani cities like Lahore and Karachi. The banquet hall at Dolce Hayes Mansion came alive with slogans of “Pakistan Zindanad” and “Imran Khan Zindabad” following Pakistan’s national anthem  played by Salman Ahmad.

The well-attended Silicon Valley event was a confirmation of the fact that PTI is essentially an urban middle class phenomenon drawing support from people who are looking for new leadership to rid the country of corruption and misrule by Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), the two major political parties which have dominated Pakistani politics since 1980s.

Anti-Corruption, being the key theme of Imran’s speeches, elicited a number of questions from the audience. One questioner suggested that “99% of the people are involved in some form of corruption” and asked how would Imran Khan end it? Imran responded by citing low government salaries as the main cause. He said bureaucrats like his father were not corrupt because their monthly salary was large enough to buy a car back in 1950s.  He did not elaborate as to how he would raise government employee salaries to such lofty levels in Pakistan as part of his plan to end corruption in 90 days, nor did he elaborate on the role of the elite colonial-era civil service to control the population rather than serve the people.


Continuing on the theme of low salaries,  Imran Khan mentioned that one of his brilliant classmates at Aitcheson College became a top scientist but had such “low income that he could not afford to send his children to Aitcheson College”.  After hearing this answer, the first thought that ran through my mind was to compare Imran Khan with the Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney who is being portrayed as “out of touch” and “disconnected” from the ordinary folks.

A woman questioner asked him how he would “end corruption in 90 days when it takes 9 months to make a baby?” In response, Imran said “I am not talking about making babies”. Then he proceeded to cite an example of an “honest police superintendent” in some small town near Dera Ismail Khan who ended all crime within 90 days.  He also saw the chief minister of the Indian state of Bihar as an inspiration for ending corruption and achieving double-digit economic growth.

Addressing a question about how he intends to deal with the Taliban, Imran blamed it on the US presence in the region and the use of drones. He said dialog is the way to end it. He also said that the number of  “irreconcilable” Taliban militants was very small and could be defeated by a “small military military operation” by Pakistan Army after the US exit from the region.

Responding to a question about PTI’s election strategy, Imran Khan said he did not believe in “constituency politics” and would not give his party tickets based on the notions of electability. Instead, he is counting on a PTI landslide victory similar to the 1970 elections in which Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s PPP won big in West Pakistan.

After Imran’s speech, I was asked by some PTI-USA officers about what I thought of it. I told them that I felt Imran was confused when he said he condemned the Taliban after the Malala shooting but then proceeded  to ask “who will protect my workers if I condemn the Taliban”.  Three of the PTI officers, including Dr. Nasrullah Khan, rose to defend their leader’s remarks on the Taliban by asking me “who do you think attacked Malala?” When I said the TTP has claimed responsibility for it, they claimed it was “someone other than the Taliban”. As the discussion continued, Dr. Nasrullah Khan pulled up a picture of injured Malala on his iPhone and said “I am a cardiologist and I have seen gun-shot victims” and the nature of Malala’s head injury shows the “attack was staged”.09lede_adam-blog480

It seems that Dr. Nasrullah Khan and his fellow PTI members I met are discounting the fact that the Taliban have a long track record  in both Afghanistan and Pakistan of attacking anyone, regardless of age and gender, who disagrees with their goals or tactics. They have a record of using extreme violence to silence those who dare to criticize them.

My assessment of Imran Khan after yesterday’s event is that he has very enthusiastic support among young urban middle class Pakistanis who are probably participating in the political process for the first time in Pakistan’s history. This augurs well for the country in the long run. However, PTI’s chances of emerging with a majority of seats in Pakistani parliament in 2013 elections appear remote.Pervez-Musharraf-and-Geor-007

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I also believe that Imran Khan is well-meaning but he appears to be naive, even disconnected from the reality, when it comes to Pakistan’s current electoral politics which is based on a system of patronage.  He is also significantly underestimating the serious national threat posed by the Taliban and other militant groups and the widespread culture of corruption in the country.

Here’s a brief video clip of the event:


Suicide Bombers Kill 15 People Outside Pakistani Churches?

A pair of suicide bombers attacked two churches in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Sunday as worshippers prayed inside — killing 15 people in the latest assault against religious minorities in this increasingly fractured country, officials said.

A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, Ahsanullah Ahsan, claimed responsibility for the assault in a statement emailed to reporters, and warned, “There will be more of such attacks.”

Afterward, an angry Christian mob blocked a major highway, ransacked a bus terminal and burned two people to death who they suspected of being involved in the attacks. Christian demonstrators blocked roads in other major Pakistani cities as well.

The explosions occurred in quick succession in the Christian neighborhood of Youhanabad at two churches while parishioners worshipped at Sunday morning services. The churches are about 600 meters (650 yards) apart. At least 70 people were wounded, said Zahid Pervez, the provincial director general of health, who gave the death toll.

Area hospitals filled with casualties and scenes of mourning. Shaheen Bibi’s 10-year-old son Abhishak was among those killed.

“My son had gone to the church to pray for a good result in his examinations,” Bibi said as she cried and struck her head against the chest of a relative. “He wanted me to sew him some new clothes if he passed his examinations.”

Witnesses said the bombers targeted a crowded gate when a large group of worshippers was waiting to enter one of the churches.

Life in Pakistan is increasingly dangerous for religious minorities, especially Christians. They have been targeted by extremist Sunni Muslim militants and are also discriminated against in the wider society, where they are often limited to menial jobs like garbage collection.

Much of the country is already on edge after years of militant violence including an attack on a Peshawar school in December that killed 150 people — mostly students.

The angry crowd attacked two people they thought were connected to the attack, and burned them to death while others attacked buses in the city, said deputy inspector general of police Haider Ashraf. Two police officers who were protecting the churches were also killed in the explosions, which Ashraf confirmed were caused by suicide bombers.

A spokesman for the Punjab provincial government, Zaeem Qadri, also said it was unfortunate that the mob had killed the two suspects rather than turning them over to police. He said authorities are reinforcing security at the 481 remaining churches across the city.

Militants attacks targeting minorities have intensified recently, including attacks on a string of mosques belonging Shiite Muslims, a minority in Pakistan. In 2013, twin blasts at a church in Peshawar killed 85 people.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has his power base in Lahore and his party, the Pakistan Muslim League-N, also runs the Punjab government, where his brother is chief minister. The provincial government has been accused in the past of not doing enough to protect religious minorities and fight extremist groups based in the province.

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Sunday 18 December 2011 will be remembered as an important day in Pakistan’s history because Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) openly joined two banned terrorist organizations (Lashksar-e-Jhangvi and Lashkar-e-Taiba) in a pro-army rally clandestinely organized by Pakistani spy agency ISI.

For those PTI supportors who are in denial about Imran Khan’s links with banned Jihadi groups, please refer to Daily Times, “SECOND EDITORAIL: Hate speech at a bigoted rally”  

On that day, a loose federation of Deobandi-Wahhabi religio-political organizations with known connections with Pakistan’s military establishment held a massive Difa-e-Pakistan rally (Defence of Pakistan Conference) to express support for Pakistan army and condemn “evil designs” of India, USA, Hindus, Ahmadis, Shias, Jews and the West in general.

Amongst others the rally was attended by the following radicalized Wahhabi/Salafi and Deobandi Jihado-sectarian groups: Jamiat Ahle-Hadith (Ibtisam Elahi Zaheer – Salafi/Wahhabi), Sipah-e-Sahaba /Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi – Deobandi), Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam (Sami-ul-Haq – Deobandi), Jamaat-ud-Dawa/Lashkar-e-Taiba (Hafiz Muhammad Saeed – Salafi/Wahhabi), Jamaat-e-Islami (Liaquat Baloch – Deobandi), Inter Services Intelligence (General Hamid Gul – Salafi/Wahhabi) and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insasf (Imran Khan – Deobandi).

The conference was engineered by Pakistan Army / ISI in order to to pressurize the NATO and the USA and to mobilize Pakistan’s public opinion in support of Pakistan army. However, the conference was able to attract only a section of Deobandi and Wahhabi mullahs and madrassah students. The majority of Pakistan’s peaceful moderate Sunnis (Barelvis), Shias, Ahmadis, Christians etc did not participate in the conference.

Overall, the Difa-e-Pakistan Conference was a radicalized Deobandi-Wahhabi show of power on the behest of Pakistan army.

While Imran Khan could not attend the conference in person, his PTI workers participated in the conference and Imran Khan’s special message was read out on his behalf to the conference participants right before the Sipah-e-Sahaba leader Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi’s speech.

Israeli cultural, customs event arranged in Islamic University Islamabad.


ISLAMABAD: A stall showing Israeli culture was arranged at International Islamic University Islamabad; the university administration confirmed that the stall was set up and it has formed a three-member committee to probe into the matter.

The stall for promotion of Israeli culture was arranged in a hall situated in the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, the capital of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. A ceremony “UN Debate Contest” was also arranged by the Faculty of “Management Sciences Women Department”.


Some students, a few of those from other countries, set up the stall where items showing Israel’s culture were displayed. Banners in the background also showed the Israeli flag as well as pictures of the Israeli premier.


As the news about this stall came to fore, religious bodies, students and political organisations expressed their anger and threatened protest on Sunday (today).

The legal adviser of the University confirmed the presence of stall. The “UN Debate Contest” was also arranged by the Faculty of Management Sciences Women Department where the students set up their stalls of UN member states but the stall of Israel was arranged without permission of university administration, the adviser said.


The stall was closed immediately as it came into the notice of administration.

The local people said that without university administration’s permission it was impossible to set up such stall.

Various student organisations and religious parties said the act was tantamount to adding salt to the wounds of Palestinians.

Terror attacks on Shias, Sunni and Christians by ISIS-affiliated Deobandi terrorist groups is to pressure Army to stop military operation and halt executions.

ISIS-affliated Deobandi militant groups oppose any police, legal and military action against their anti-Pakistan terrorism

In an earlier statement, the Taliban-apologist and Pro-Al Qaeda PML N government sounded more like an advocate for ISIS-affiliated Deobandi terrorist groups like ASWJ-LeJ when it stated

The government on Wednesday said the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is involved in the latest wave of sectarian attacks in the country in a bid to pressurise the government to halt executions of their members, BBC Urdu reported on Wednesday.

In a letter addressed to provincial authorities, the interior ministry has said that the LeJ had sought support from al Qaeda in executing reprisal attacks over the execution of its members and crackdown by security forces, but the militant group refused. That prompted the LeJ to turn to Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah who provided financial support with the promise of further assistance.” Source

The massacres of Sunnis, Shias and Christians by ISIS-affiliated and interconnected Deobandi terrorist groups like ASWJ-LeJ/Taliban/Jundullah/Jamaat ul Ahrar have only intensified since 2015. The clear and stated goals of these massacres is to stop the Army action against the Taliban and other Deobandi terror organisations. 

The stated goal is also to stop convicted and boastful terrorists from getting punished for their crimes. Unfortunately, a powerful and influential section of Pakistan’s hypocritical “liberal” elites is also echoing the sentiments of these Deobandi terrorist groups. 

There have been four attacks on Shia mosques, two on Christian churches and a prominent anti-Taliban Sunni leader, Mahmood Shah was murdered in Mansehra last month. Hundreds of Sunnis, Shias and Christians have perished in these attacks in 2015 alone.  These attacks have closely followed the massacre of nearly 150 children by the same ISIS-affiilated and interconnected Deobandi terrorist groups on December 16th, 2014. 

The Deobandi madrassa network as well as the Deobandi evangelist groups under Mufti Naeem, Mufti Taqi Usmani, Maulana Tariq Jameel (TJ) Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman (JUI) , Siraj ul Haq (JI) Qari Hanif Jalandhari (WuM), Tahir Ashrafi (PuC) have all thrown their weight behind ISIS-affiliated Deobandi terrorist groups. 

Pakistan and the world community will never solve this problem until it clearly identifies the specific Deobandi and Salafi ideology that inspires violence and genocide by ISIS/Daesh, ASWJ/LeJ, Taliban, Boko Haram and Al Qaeda.

Specifically, those who are using vague and generic terminology like “Islamist” to obfuscate the specific Deobandi and Salafi roots of transnational terrorism are culpable in obscuring the identity of terrorists.

One major anti-Shia “progressive” muslim obscurantist who deliberately and consistently obfuscates the specific Deobandi and Salafi identity of ASWJ-LeJ/Taliban was part of JUI when they and Jamaat Islami acted in unison with the military dictator General Zia ul Haq in the PNA movement.

Published: November 23, 2014

The information minister said such misuse of funds was being carried out by a person who gives lectures to the public on integrity and uprightness on a daily basis. PHOTO: APP/EXPRESS FILE

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has accused Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan of using public money to pursue his political campaigning.

Rashid, while addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Sunday, said the airplane used by Imran for his ongoing political campaign across the country belongs to JWD Sugar Mills.

“JDW is a public limited company and the PTI secretary general Jahangir Tareen only has 29.76% shares in the company,” he said. “The other 70.24% shares are owned by other financial institutions and shareholders.”

He added that using the aircraft for political motives is an illegal act as per company laws.

“Company laws say any public company limited company cannot give donations to a political party and cannot contribute in monetary terms.”

Rashid further said the airplane was bought for company interests but was being used for politics.

“I haven’t heard if the majority of shareholders decided to use their airplane for PTI’s political campaign,” he said. “[JWD Sugar Mills] is supposed to crush sugar, not the economy of Pakistan.”

The information minister said such misuse of funds was being carried out by a person who gives lectures the public on integrity and uprightness on a daily basis.

Rashid further said that the PTI chairman paid Rs0.1 million in income tax last year, asking him to justify his ‘lavish’ lifestyle and traveling expenses in his upcoming speech in Gujranwala.

“What other sources of income do you have?” he asked the PTI chief. “You’re traveling on stolen money.”

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IMRAN KHAN IS RAW-CIA-MI6-MOSSAD AGENT.Is Imran Khan Unknowingly Playing Into The Hands Of Zionists?

The pattern is so similar. I am surprised no one has noticed this yet, or is it that the Zionist controlled media has been successful in diverting people’s attention?ed4b3-masood-sharif-khan-khattak-join-pti

I mean the ongoing long march and attempt to create by Imran Khan is so similar to the method used by Zionists and CIA to overthrow/ destabilize governments and throw the country into bloody chaos, since last few years all over the world, like the endless colored revolutions from Arab world to central asia. The pattern is familiar now, suddenly out of the blue some so called peaceful activists start a movement against government, initially talking of corruption etc, there are street marches, sit ins, then they organize mass protests, then things turn ugly, people get killed, government is overthrown. And then the country gets engulfed by chaos and civil war.

Same here. 1 year after election, Imran Khan suddenly wakes up, making wild allegations, changing statements, long march, protests, demand for resignation of elected government. and other such drama.

If this sounds like a ridiculous conspiracy theory, look at who are the leaders here.
Imran Khan and Qadri – both have their families living safely in West.
Qadri is not even Pakistani citizen. He is citizen of Canada, another Zionist controlled nation. Suddenly he comes from foreign land and tells people to create chaos.

And media is supporting them. And we all know most of the media is controlled by Zionists.

If this is not enough, think who is Imran Khan’s wife? — A Jew! And not just another common jew, she is born in one of the worlds most famous Goldsmith family.

So is it possible that Imran Khan is knowingly or unknowingly playing into the hands of scheming Zionists knowingly or unknowingly helping in their conspiracy to destabilize Pakistan, the only nuclear armed Islamic state in world?

Imran Khan: Marriage & Jewish Connection.

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After failing to response to corruption, misgovernance allegations of IK, the frustrated  opponents are launching personal attack at Imran Khan. Imran Khan, married Jamima Goldsmith, her father Sir James Goldsmith was Christian, his father was Jewish and his mother Catholic; Goldsmith converted to Christianity. Jamima, a Christian, converted to Islam before her marriage with Imran Khan. They have two children but the marriage ended in divorce. 

Lets see this in the light of Quran;5:5 and Sunnah, which allows Muslim to marry women from the People of the Book. [Christian or Jewish].
الْيَوْمَ أُحِلَّ لَكُمُ الطَّيِّبَاتُ ۖ وَطَعَامُ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ حِلٌّ لَّكُمْ وَطَعَامُكُمْ حِلٌّ لَّهُمْ ۖ وَالْمُحْصَنَاتُ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنَاتِ وَالْمُحْصَنَاتُ مِنَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ إِذَا آتَيْتُمُوهُنَّ أُجُورَهُنَّ مُحْصِنِينَ غَيْرَ مُسَافِحِينَ وَلَا مُتَّخِذِي أَخْدَانٍ ۗ وَمَن يَكْفُرْ بِالْإِيمَانِ فَقَدْ حَبِطَ عَمَلُهُ وَهُوَ فِي الْآخِرَةِ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ﴿٥
This day are (all) things good and pure made lawful unto you. The food of the People of the Book is lawful unto you and yours is lawful unto them. (Lawful unto you in marriage) are (not only) chaste women who are believers, but chaste women among the People of the Book, revealed before your time,- when ye give them their due dowers, and desire chastity, not lewdness, nor secret intrigues if any one rejects faith, fruitless is his work, and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (all spiritual good). (Quran 5:5)
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) married two Jewish women, Safiyyabint Huyayy, Rayhana bint Zayd, while Maria al-Qibtiyya was an Egyptian Coptic Christian, [ra] they are known to have accepted Islam. Imran Khan did not violate Quran or Sunnah when he married a Christian women, who converted to Islam. One must be very careful while criticizing or making fun of some thing which is permitted by Quran and Sunnah. Lets he invites rage of Allah. (Quran;7:32)
One wife of the prophet Safiyyah bint Huyayee Pbuh , she was a Jewish lady who lived in Khaibar , a City north of Medina . Briefly she was captured during the battle of Khaibar, in which Muslims armies won the battle and captured the city and they freed her and she become the wife of Prophet Muhammad Pbuh so Ummul Momeneen [mother of Muslims]. she was a daughter of Great Jewish Leader in Khaibar . Her husband was killed in the war . She was a widow . She was freed and treated with respect ! . It is a traditions of Pro Muhammad pbuh to spread peace and to instate LOVE and peace and stability after war in the region , to join Muslims with any losing enemies , to eradicate hate and revenge. At this juncture , Pro Muhammad Pbuh proposed to Saffiyah for marriage she simply accepted it . Hazrat Saffiyah Pbuh was converted to Islam.
Once Habsyah Pbuh , a wife of the prophet , despised her with Jealousy because she had much attentions from the Prophet. Habsyah pbuh called her name ” Hi Jewish daughter “. Safiyyah cried and humiliated and told Pro Muhammad Pbuh the situations , in REPLY . Prophet Muhammad [Pbuh] told her: ” why did not you answer back to Habsah [Pbuh] , My husband was Muhammad [PBUH] , My Father was Harun [Pbuh] and my Uncle was Moses [Pbuh].”

Umul Momeneen Safiyyah continued to observed Saturday the Jewish holy day and had good relations with the Jews. Her slave girl told the two situations to Syd Omar MAPWH and Omar asked about the accusations . She reply She will put much attentions to Friday than Saturday and with regards to the Jews , she told Omar , even Pro Muhammad Pbuh had kind relations with his relations that were pagans . On that Omar peacefully leave to what she did .  She died in year Hijra 50 , during Muawiyah period , She was buried in great Jannatul Baqi in Medina , along with great muslims .

According to a hadith, Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) contemporaries believed that due to Safiyya’s high status, it was only befitting that she be manumitted and married to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).Modern scholars believe that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) married Safiyya (r.a) as part of reconciliation with the Jewish tribe and as a gesture of goodwill. John L. Esposito states that the marriage may have been political or to cement alliances. Haykal opines that Muhammad’s manumission of and marriage to Safiyaa was partly in order to alleviate her tragedy and partly to preserve their dignity, and compares these actions to previous conquerors who married the daughters and wives of the kings whom they had defeated. According to some, by marrying Safiyyah, Prophet Muhammad
(pbuh) aimed at ending the enmity and hostility between Jews and Islam.

The common misconception that; “The Muslims are commanded by Qur’an to be hostile with the non Muslims”, is far from truth. On the contrary Qur’an urges the Muslims to keep normal relationship with non Muslims based upon, “Equity, Kindness and Love” [Qur’an;60:7-9]. The Christians and Jews being ‘people of scripture’ are accorded special status, to the extent that Muslims are allowed to eat their food [kosher] and marry their chaste women, what else could be the level of intimacy! Muslims are urged to resist oppression and fight in self defense with those who expel or aid in expelling them from their homes due to their faith and belief. Those non Muslims who do not indulge in such an activity against them are to be treated with kindness and equity [Qur’an:22:39-40]The actual cause of antagonism with non Muslims is not their disbelief but their hostility to Islam and their tyrannical treatment of the followers of Islam, Zionism is racism in Palestine. Jews of Madina were treated as equal citizen but their treachery resulted in expulsion and punishment according to Torah law. Jews and Arabs are descendants of Prophet Abraham (pbuh). Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) being an Arabs is from progeny of Prophet Ishmael (pbuh), the eldest son of  Prophet Abraham (pbuh) and Jews from the progeny of Prophet Isaac (pbuh), step brother and other son of Prophet Abraham (pbuh). More over Prophet Abraham (pbuh) is the spiritual father Muslims, Christians and Jews, all called Children of Prophet Abraham (pbuh).  Hence Muslims in every Salah/ prayer recite Durood-e-Ibrahimi (having a reference to Abraham):

“O Allah, let Your Peace come upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have brought peace to Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious. Allah, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious”.

The Muslims, therefore, should distinguish between the hostile disbeliever and the non-hostile disbeliever, and should treat those disbelievers well who have never treated them evilly.
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         Muslim-Non Muslims Relationship – Qur’an & Bible

عمران خان کا گھر ٹوٹا ہے اس بڑے گھر (پاکستان) کو بچانے کے لئے

کتنی افسوس ناک اور شرم ناک سوچ ہے ان لوگوں کی جو عمران خان پر ذاتی حملہ کرتے ہیں
عمران خان سے میرا بہت اچھا تعلق ہے اور میں جانتا ہوں طلاق کیوں ہوئی عمران خان کے پاس ٹائم نہیں تھا اور جمائما کی یہ خواھش تھی کہ عمران خان انگلینڈ شفٹ ہو جائیں عمران خان نے ملک چھوڑنے سے انکار کیا ملک کی عوام کو چھوڑنے سے انکار کیا.. سارا وقت پی ٹی آئي، پاکستان اور اس کے مستقبل پر لگا دیا. عمران خان کا گھر ٹوٹا ہے اس بڑے گھر(پاکستان) کو بچانے کے لئے .. ان لوگوں کو شرم آنی چاہیے جو لوگ اس طرح کی بات کرتے ہیں – حسن نثار

Anti-Semitism In A Country With No Jews: Pakistan’s Imran Khan Sues Cleric For Calling Him ‘Jewish Agent’

Pakistan presidential hopeful and former cricket star Imran Khan plans to lead march in September in one of the country’s most tribal regions in protest against U.S. drone strikes. The Taliban of Pakistan consider Khan an infidel, and some liberals in the country have nicknamed him “Taliban Khan” for his attempts to woo ultra-conservatives in the country, whose support he would need to win. REUTERS

Imran Khan, the chairman of Pakistan’s opposition party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and a former cricket star, said he will file a libel lawsuit against a prominent cleric for calling him a “Jewish agent.” Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the Secretary-General of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), an extremely conservative religious party, has accused Khan of working an “agent for the Jewish lobby” and made the charges all throughout the recent political campaign that was ultimately won by Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League party — an election that Imran Khan claims was “rigged.”

Last week, during an appearance on a show called “Jirga” on the privately held Geo News Channel, Maulana Rehman declared that after much investigation he came to the conclusion that Imran Khan is employed by “the Jewish lobby” in Pakistan. “I know what I am saying and Imran knows nothing about Pakistan or Islam,” Maulana said, after the host warned that he was making serious allegations against a very popular figure in the country. Maulana reiterated that Imran was planted into Pakistani politics in order to work on behalf of the Jews. It is unclear if Maulana Rehman thinks Imran Khan himself is Jewish or if he is simply a paid agent of Israel or other Jewish entities.

In response, Imran Khan said he will bring Maulana Rehman to court in order to “let him prove him in the country his allegations against me.” Imran angrily told a press conference on Sunday: “I have heard enough … The matter will now be heard in court and people will know the truth.”

Pakistani media speculated that Maulana Rehman may have been incensed by the fact that in his party’s traditional stronghold, the Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province in northwestern Pakistan, Imran Khan’s PTI performed far better than the local JUI-F candidate during the May general elections.

Imran also made a counter-charge against Maulana Rehman — citing diplomatic documents provided by Wikileaks, Maulana Rehman allegedly met with the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan a few years ago and asked her to install him as the prime minister of Pakistan in exchange for “any service.” Indeed, the leaked U.S. diplomatic cables made some very damaging and embarrassing comments about Maulana Rehman, including charges that, in stark contrast to his image as being anti-American (and an outspoken supporter of the Taliban), he has been very cooperative with U.S. officials in Pakistan. Another cable noted that Maulana Rehman approached Anne Peterson (the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan between 2007 and 2010) and sought her help in making him Pakistan’s prime minister during a festive dinner that he hosted for her and other Americans.

“[Maulana Rehman] enjoys being courted by both [former President Pervez] Musharraf and [Benazir] Bhutto and sees himself increasingly in the lucrative position of being kingmaker, if not the next prime minister, because of JUI-F’s voter strength in what may be a three-way vote tie among Pakistan’s major parties,” Peterson wrote in a cable. “Even if JUI-F’s voter support drops, [Maulana Rehman] has made it clear that, free and fair elections notwithstanding, his still significant number of votes are up for sale.” She added:  “At one point in the conversation, [Maulana] Rehman asked [me] if the [U.S. government] would deal with him if he was elected as prime minister and cautioned the [U.S. government] not to put all of its eggs in the basket of Benazir Bhutto.”

As for Imran Khan, he was once married to a British woman named Jemima Goldsmith, whose father, Sir James Goldsmith, one of Britain’s wealthiest businessmen, was indeed Jewish. Imran has faced accusations that he is a paid agent for Zionists before.

Since its founding as a Muslim state, Pakistan has repeatedly expressed hostility to the State of Israel and Zionists in general. While there are practically no Jews living in Pakistan today (perhaps no more than 200 in a country of some 180 million), the accusation of being a “Jewish agent” or “Zionist agent” can be quite damaging to a political figure. According to the Jewish Virtual Library, about 2,500 Jews lived in what is now Pakistan at the beginning of the 20th century, principally in the coastal city of Karachi (then British India). By 1948, after the formation of the state of Pakistan and the state of Israel, the handful of Jews in the country (estimated at about 2,000) suffered attacks, saw their synagogues burned to the ground and subsequently emigrated, primarily to neighboring India, and also to Israel and the United Kingdom.

In 1974, the Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (Benazir’s father) declared in a speech: “To Jews as Jews we bear no malice; to Jews as Zionists, intoxicated with their militarism and reeking with technological arrogance, we refuse to be hospitable.” In solidarity with Arab Muslim states, Pakistan has never recognized Israel.

Imran Khan To Sue Fazl For Calling Him Jewish Mosad CIA Agent?

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday announced to move court against Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl chief for calling him a Jewish agent.
Imran Khan also vowed to make public the report of DI Khan jailbreak.
Addressing a news conference at the PTI Secretariat, the PTI chairman said that he would sue Fazlur Rehman.
He asked Fazl to tell the people that who held secret meetings with the US envoy in Islamabad and expressed his desire to become the prime minister.
Imran Khan maintained that soon a legal notice would be served to the JUI-F chief. Criticising the government’s policies, the PTI chairman said the devaluation of rupee against dollar should be stopped now. He said that the salaried class of the country was being pushed towards its economic murder.
The rupee, Imran said, was losing its value against dollar which was resulting in more inflation, adding that unbridled inflation has put immense burden on the poor and the government should take steps in this regard.
Referring to power theft by various elements‚ Imran Khan said stern action was needed to be taken against the culprits. He also asked the government to increase the tax base so that only salaries people were not burdened with taxes.
He said that soon the electricity tariff would be raised and that would prove disastrous for the country.
Declaring the recent Dera Ismail Khan jailbreak the worst incident, he said the incident was a matter of concern for security forces and cause of fear for the people. He said it was tragic that the terrorists were not confronted, adding that an army unit was deployed in DI Khan when the jail was targeted.
The PTI chairman said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak would make the inquiry report public and the KP government has written to the federal government to deploy additional para-military forces like Frontier Constabulary (FC) in KP.